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admit to being one of those unenlightened souls who compares Jackson
Pollock's work to a road accident involving a paint truck. I'll
admit a lack of enthusiasm for Andy Warhol's consumerism statements.
But never again will I scoff that art, real art, stopped when the
last of the great Impressionist painters put down his brush.
Becky Hendrick has
accomplished what I had thought impossible. Getting It
as the preface ambitiously states, a crash course in "life appreciation".
Ms. Hendrick identifies the prejudices that skew not only our ideas
about art, but about ourselves and the lives in which we are engaged.
a slim and unassuming volume, engages the reader
in a brief but thorough discussion of the fundamentals of artcolor,
form, perspective, positive and negative spacebefore tackling
concepts integral to seeding an appreciation of modern art. Ms.
Hendrick explains that all art is not about the viewer; post-modern
art, in particular, is in part a response to cultural and political
stimuli. Much as early critics of Impressionism simply had no frame
of reference by which to judge the startling new art form, we are
today still struggling to grasp concepts and perspectives that in
the future may be as universally understood as the "art" behind
But Getting It
is more than a road map to design concepts and art theory. Ms. Hendrick
opens a window into history and, perhaps most intriguingly, into
how the evolution of art within a culture has in the past been a
foreordaining suggestion of a state's overall health. Today, however,
art transcends political borders. It may speak quietly of an ocean's
soothing rhythms or aggressively of a war that envelops millions
of peopleand billions of minds. For, as Ms. Hendrick leads
us to see, art is a beautiful equalizer. Where words fail, art speaks.
It is patient, and will wait for us to return to it year after year,
decade after decade, until a whisper is heard.
deceptively simple to understand. Ms. Hendrick's clean style bleeds
an almost child-like enthusiasm for the subject matter. Read this
as an introduction to modern art, as a statement about cultural
icons of the past 75 years, or as a refresher course in basic concepts.
Whatever your perspective, Ms. Hendrick will serve as a trustworthy
guide. Getting It
is highly recommended.