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Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid's Scientific Guide to Art

Melamid, Aleksandr; Komar, Vitaly

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ISBN 10: 0374228809 / ISBN 13: 9780374228804
Verlag: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), 1997
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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: What is beauty? Who defines it? And why is high art so remote from most people? With the same puckish humor and critical genius that made them the betes noires of Soviet cultural commissars, the Russian emigre art team of Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid takes on not only the billion-dollar American art industry but also capitalism's most venerated tool: the market research poll. With the help of a professional polling firm, they discovered that what Americans want in art, regardless of class, race, or gender, is exactly what the art world disdains -- a tranquil realistic blue landscape. Painting by Numbers includes the original questionnaire and reproductions of the "most wanted" and "most unwanted" paintings the artists made based on American survey results and on polls they exported to nine other countries -- including Russia, China, France, and Kenya -- representing more than one-third of the world's population. Essays by JoAnn Wypijewski and noted art critic Arthur Danto, as well as interviews with the artists, explore the crisis of modernism, the cultural meaning of polls, the significance of landscape, and the commodification of just about everything. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0374228809

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With the help of a professional polling firm, ex-Soviet art critics Komar and Melamid discovered that what Americans really want in art, regardless of class, race, or gender, is exactly what the art world disdains--a tranquil, realistic "blue landscape". Komar and Melamid provide a comic and profound discussion of art in our time. Full color art throughout .

Rezension: Since the days of the ancient Greek philosophers, people have asked the eternal question "What is beauty?" It took the insight of Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid to apply modern scientific principles to this problem and finally to produce an answer. Using polls conducted by telephone in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, Komar and Melamid were able to determine what each country wanted to see in a painting, and what was least likely to please the public. They then produced canvases based on their polling, creating the most and least wanted paintings in the world. The results are not only funny, they are also oddly disturbing. Almost every nation had the same preferences: people wanted landscapes, and did not want abstract art. Only one nation bucked the trend, but you'll have to read the book to find out which. Painting by Numbers has more insight into art and commerce than any 10 dry studies of aesthetics, and is one of the most significant documents on popular taste ever produced--plus it's a laugh riot. And that, Plato, is beauty.

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Titel: Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid's ...

Verlag: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T)

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

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