Visual Thinking

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University of California Press, 1969 - Architecture - 345 pages
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"Groundbreaking when first published in 1969, this book is now of even greater relevance to make the reader aware of the need to educate the visual sense, a matter so harmfully neglected in the present system."--Peter Selz, author of Nathan Oliveira

"Freud argued that a cogent thought process, to say nothing of conscious intellectual work, could not exist amidst the unruliness of visual experience. Over the last half century in a sequence of landmark books, Rudolf Arnheim has not only shown us how wrong that is, he has parsed the grammar of form with uncanny acuity and taught us how to read it. Few books continue to speak to the generations after them; Visual Thinking is one of those rare exceptions."--Jonathan Fineberg, author of Art Since 1940
  

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User Review  - Gridd Consultancy - Goodreads

One of the must-read classics on visual thinking. You'll need some patience to read it, but take your time and read it all. According to Arnheim: "cognitive processes indicated as thinking are not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cara Byrne - Goodreads

Recommended by Bill Marling as a good starting point to think about the intersection of images and thought, Arnheim's classic predates some of my favorite visual rhetoric theory, while still engaging ... Read full review

Contents

Early Stirrings
1
The Intelligence of Perception i
15
The Intelligence of Perception ii
38
Two and Two Together
54
The Past in the Present
80
The Images of Thought
97
Concepts Take Shape
116
Pictures Symbols and Signs
135
With Feet on the Ground
188
Thinking With Pure Shapes
208
Words in Their Place
226
Art and Thought
254
Models for Theory
274
Vision in Education
294
Notes
317
Bibliography
325

What Abstraction Is Not
153
What Abstraction Is
173

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About the author (1969)

Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Film as Art (California, 1957), Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (California, 1974), The Dynamics of Architectural Form (California, 1977), and The Split and the Structure: Twenty-eight Essays (California, 1996).

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