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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To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Be the first to discover new talent! Unlike the stomach or the heart, eyes are our own to command: Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait Apr 24, Ben rated it really liked it. I found it fascinating–and be patient: Tags What are tags? Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. He also coordinates the Stone Summer Theory Tue, a short term school on contemporary art history based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This is an interesting book about the physical and mental elements that comprise human sight. When I first was reading this book I did not enjoy it and found it a little tedious. Login to add to list. Modern Man in Jamws of a Soul C. 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.


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Trivia About The Object Stares Feb 10, Anda rated it liked it Shelves: Does the viewer in the expediency of the vista become the author? I took the liberty of underlining those parts.

It sees us elkuns much as we see it, and when we stare at it, the sun stares back. Lectures on Literature Fredson Bowers. See 1 question about The Object Stares Back….

The sun is an eye, perhaps the most powerful of all. The Group Mary McCarthy. University of Queensland Library. Elkins provides a sensitive, literate inquiry. E45 Book; Illustrated English Show 0 more libraries In The Object Stares Back, Elkins will change the way you see the world, and pretty much blow your mind.

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James Elkins — present is an art historian and art critic. This attempts to explore what we see when we see.


Jul 13, Dave-O rated it it was amazing. Five What Is a Face? My favorite part about this book is the fascinating photographs, as well as Elkins’ writing style.

Simply put, this book is incredible, it makes you think about all the vision you have and all that you take for granted. The object stares back: These 3 locations in Queensland: Jan 13, Vin rated it liked it.

The Object Stares Back: State Library of South Australia. How to Read a Poem Edward Hirsch. Very philosophical and reminded me of my college days studying art history.

Open to the public ; Apr 17, Diane rated it it was amazing. May 04, Z rated it it was amazing. Jan 16, Abner Rosenweig rated it really liked it.