How to Use Your Eyes

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Routledge, Aug 20, 2007 - Art - 272 pages
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James Elkins's How to Use Your Eyes invites us to look at--and maybe to see for the first time--the world around us, with breathtaking results. Here are the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus. With the discerning eye of a painter and the zeal of a detective, Elkins explores complicated things like mandalas, the periodic table, or a hieroglyph, remaking the world into a treasure box of observations--eccentric, ordinary, marvelous.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Almost what I'm looking for. Each short essay was interesting in its own right - but *for me* it would have been better if the bits I was especially interested in were expanded. I suck at crystals, x ... Read full review

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In that fascinating zone where creative imagination and scientific observation meet, Elkins (What Painting Is) shines a conceptual flashlight, aiming to illuminate in 32 short chapters a fraction of ... Read full review


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James Elkins is Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of What Painting Is (1998) and Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles? (1999), both published by Routledge.

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