The book offers not only a philosophical discussion on looking at art but also the 4-As: Access, Analyze, Articulate and Adapt. These concepts assist us in looking harder, thinking better, communicating more clearly and understanding ourselves.
Why does this matter? Why should we care if we can observe and describe the lace detail in an 18th century portrait? The author offers evidence that the ability to accurately observe details in a work of art is a transfer skill that we can adapt and use in all areas of our lives. She offers fascinating examples of how crimes have been solved, corporate profits improved and patient care is improved. The skills contained in this book can help us discover our talents, identify other opportunities and even make us safer.
In additional to benefits in our personal lives, those who work with visitors at museums will find the tools helpful in assessing visitor needs. The book will also provide docents with practical tools to offer visitors a more meaningful and more personal experience with art work.
About the Author
Amy E. Herman is a lawyer and art historian who created the Art of Perception course. This course has enabled professionals in many fields to improve their observations and communication skills. She holds an AB, a JD and an MA in Art History. She currently lives in New York.
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Submitted by Merrilee Anneberg, Jennifer Fowler and Dorothy Jaltuch, docents at the Denver Art Museum.