Elkins asks about objects that are too violent, too sexually charged, or too beautiful to look at directly. When we see a naked body, we either stare lasciviously or. For the art historian James Elkins, there is no such thing as “just looking. inconsistent, and undependable, he says in The Object Stares Back. In Elkins’s view, even the simplest, most reductive statement that can be made about seeing, “the beholder looks at the object,” is charged with.

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Here, in his own words, is the crux of his argument: We just focus our eyes and take in whatever is before us. Using drawings, paintings, diagrams, and photographs to illustrate his points, Elkins raises intriguing questions and offers astonishing perceptions about the nature of vision.

Very philosophical and reminded me of my elkinz days studying art history.

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Public Private login e. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. I found it fascinating–and be patient: But to me this seemed like “seeing for pussies. Ultimately, he concludes, “Seeing alters the thing that is seen and transforms the seer” – as this remarkable book will transform the viewpoints of all who read it.

Although the process of seeing is a mystery whose complexity will remain forever unfathomable, Elkins helps readers to enter into the mystery and to make us more aware of the vast beauty, subtlety, and complexity that we often fail to see in the world around us. These 3 locations in Queensland: I did have fun picking out the odd quotes and sharing them with my friends. This attempts to explore what we see when we see.


They don’t even understand the concept of color. Jan 06, Ashley rated it it was amazing.


Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. None of your libraries hold this item. Beyond these experiences, art remains the cynosure of a story in starse “frozen condition” Hegel Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Feb 15, Guy rated it really liked it Shelves: Film and its shaping of vision are mentioned only in passing.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Object Stares Back: Published July 15th by Mariner Obkect first published Elkins’ task is to problematize the supposed ease at which we see.

The book was full of fascinating tidbits of information. I am endlessly facinated by how our physical senses acting as filters impact our deeper understanding of the world and our beliefs. Elkins provides a sensitive, literate inquiry. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item. The Object Stares Back: It sees us as much as we see it, and when we stare at it, the sun stares back.


E45 Book; Illustrated English Show 0 more libraries I have to re-read everything many times. Seeing is metamorphosis, not mechanism. University of the Sunshine Coast Library. It’s a subject that we take for granted and draw large assumptions about. Queensland University of Technology.

If you own the book and are not borrowing it, I suggest you do the same. As a historian once said, some stare at me reproachfully, grumbling that I have never read them. Apr 06, Tara Jxmes rated it really liked it.

This book was part of my visual communication and culture syllabus. Nov 20, Farhan Hussain rated it really liked it. It is difficult to understand. Refresh and try again. Books by James Elkins.

Now if I step back from the shelf and look quickly across both bookcases I speed up that same process a hundredfold. On the Nature of Seeing by James Elkins. State Library of Ths Australia.

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