旨在闡釋二十世紀藝術的抽象概念及其運作，由如何「描述抽象」的課題開始，探討「幾何抽象」（l'abstraction g'eom'etrique）或「窗戶」（window）的概念，如何由寫實再現的古典框架發展為抽象藝術的衍生機制，繼而以 Josef Albers 的色彩交互作用的實驗為例，說明「色彩幾何學」（g'eom'etrie des couleurs）的運作。作者以現象學詮釋色彩的感知問題，揭示色彩受制於「模仿」（mim'esis）的時代已告終結，轉而成為抽象藝術的主要動力。
本書廓清了「抽象」（l'abstraction）與「抽象藝術」（l'artabstrait）之區分，由於藝術和幾何的密切連結在西方由來已久，因此「向抽象邁進的過程」（passage a' l'abstraction）曾被呈現為廿世紀現代藝術發展之必要途徑。直至今日，抽象（abstracion）仍然以各種不同的變體，多少隱含或兼具「批判性」的方式繼續運作著。
Empire of Great Brightness is an innovative and accessible history of a high point in Chinese culture as explored through the riches of its images and objects. Emphasizing the vibrant interactions between China and the rest of Asia at this period, it challenges notions of Ming China as a culture closed off from the rest of the world. Eminent historian Craig Clunas uses a wide range of pictures and objects from Ming China to illustrate areas such as painting and ceramics. He also draws on items like weapons and textiles from public and private collections, as well as contemporary sources from government edicts to novels, to illuminate this most diverse period of Chinese art and culture. Empire of Great Brightness offers a varied and stimulating resource for scholars of China's cultural history, historians and art historians of related aspects of the early modern world, and readers who are intrigued by China's past. "An excellent companion for the study of Ming art, as well as giving established scholars food for thought and engaging in Ming Chinese culture."--Art Newspaper "This is an eminently readable history of the high point of Chinese cultures, seen through the riches of its images and objects."--Asian Art Survey
From ancient Chinese civilization to the postmodern world Organized along a global timeline, A Global History of Architecture presents an innovative approach to the study of architectural history. Spanning from 3,500 B.C.E. to the present, this unique guide is written by an all-star team of architectural experts in their fields who emphasize the connections, contrasts, and influences of architectural movements throughout history. The architectural history of the world comes to life through a unified framework for interpreting and understanding architecture, supplemented by rich drawings from the renowned Frank Ching as well as brilliant photographs. Architecture and art history enthusiasts will find A Global History of Architecture perpetually at their fingertips.
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