Why A World of Art? Henry Sayre wrote the first edition of World of Art because he wanted to use a text in his own art appreciation course that truly represented all artists, not just the Western canon found at that time in the other texts. He also wanted a text that fostered critical thinking through looking at, talking about, and questioning works of art for his students. We are proud to present the new sixth edition of World of Art, which further strengthens these two key aspects of the text while presenting hot topics like video and time-based media.
The new edition of this introductory survey of art and art history continues to emphasize the process of making art by interweaving "works in progress" features (showing how particular works of art were created) with other discussion. Coverage includes visual literacy, the value in art, and the world as artists see it; formal elements and design; the fine arts media; architecture and design; and the various periods of art history. Also included in this edition are features that encourages critical thinking and a CD-ROM with interactive exercises and QuickTime videos demonstrating visual principles. The whole package is a rich resource for students who will benefit from its lively approach, abundant illustrations, and variety of supplemental materials (including an elaborate website). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)