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(Re)Thinking “Art”: A Guide for Beginners

reviewed by Robert Belton - December 05, 2008

coverTitle: (Re)Thinking “Art”: A Guide for Beginners
Author(s): Steve Shipps
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, New York
ISBN: 1405155639, Pages: 172, Year: 2008
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Steve Shipps’s (Re)Thinking “Art” bills itself as a guide for beginners, but it reads as something much more than that. It is indeed a guide to beginners, but it does not shy away from providing a compelling, if brief, historical and philosophical meditation on what art is in the contemporary world. In that regard, the book is in the same category as Carey’s What Good Are the Arts, Dissanayake’s What is Art For? or Thompson’s The $12 Million Stuffed Shark—none of which could be described as a guide for beginners.1  However, it is presented for the most part in terms that would not be too difficult for beginning readers, and for pretty straightforward reasons. Shipps is an award-winning teacher, and it certainly seems that he wrote this book in the way that he teaches—with personality, humor, genuine consideration for the reader (conceived roughly as a young university student), and a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 05, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15459, Date Accessed: 6/12/2021 2:09:14 PM

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  • Robert Belton
    University of British Columbia, Okanagan
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    ROBERT BELTON, PhD is the Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.
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