The Object Stares Back by James Elkins
On the Nature of Seeing

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A thoughtful study on how our eyes function with our brains examines the irrational elements of physical sight and concludes that human seeing transforms both the viewer and the object being viewed. 15,000 first printing.
 

About James Elkins

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James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He coedited the previous volumes in the series, Art and Globalization (Penn State, 2010) and What Is an Image? (Penn State, 2011).
 
Published July 15, 1997 by Mariner Books. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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As an art historian at Chicago's School of the Arts Institute, Elkins has a well-honed appreciation of the visual world, but he does have several substantial blind spots.

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PW called this analysis of our habits of viewing a remarkable tour de force. (Aug.)

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PW called this analysis of our habits of viewing a remarkable tour de force. (Aug.)

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Because our viewing of people, places and objects is molded by thoughts of using, possessing, keeping or cherishing what is seen, we actually perceive very little of what we look at, claims Elkins.

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