September 17, 2015

Kathryn Shields’ Art History Textbook Reviewed

A textbook co-authored by Associate Professor of Art History Kathryn Shields has received a full-page review in The Times of London.

“It will send neophyte and aficionado alike out into our museums and galleries afresh,” writes the reviewer of The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art. The full text of the review is available only to the newspaper’s subscribers.

Slated for release in Great Britain on Sept. 21, the book was published in the U.S. in 2012 as Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts. Kathryn wrote it with Debra DeWitte of the University of Texas, Dallas, and Ralph Larmann of the University of Evansville, Indiana.

The review applauds the authors’ fresh approach, which “disregards the plodding conventions of chronology.” Grouping works by criteria such as media and theme results in provocative combinations.

“Such exuberant range is striking,” states the Sept. 4 review. “Here is a cultural world that expands far beyond the remit of the Western canon, which compares the iconic to the little known. The Mona Lisa, for instance, is looked at in the context of a Japanese tea bowl. Both would have been made during the same period but they present very different ideas of what constitutes a great work of art.”