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Power of the Center A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts

ISBN-10: 0520261267
ISBN-13: 9780520261266
Edition: 20th 2009 (Anniversary)
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Description: Rudolf Arnheim has been known, since the publication of his groundbreaking Art and Visual Perceptionin 1974, as an authority on the psychological interpretation of the visual arts. Two anniversary volumes celebrate the landmark anniversaries of his  More...

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Book details

Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Rudolf Arnheim has been known, since the publication of his groundbreaking Art and Visual Perceptionin 1974, as an authority on the psychological interpretation of the visual arts. Two anniversary volumes celebrate the landmark anniversaries of his works in 2009. InThe Power of the Center, Arnheim uses a wealth of examples to consider the factors that determine the overall organization of visual form in works of painting, sculpture, and architecture.The Dynamics of Architectural Formexplores the unexpected perceptual consequences of architecture with Arnheim's customary clarity and precision.

Introduction
Two Spatial Systems
A master key to composition
Centricity and eccentricity
Vectors and their targets
Interaction of the systems
Centers And Their Rivals
Geometric and dynamic
The pull of gravity
The visual center underneath
Varieties of weight
Sculpture and the ground
Matisse under pressure
The Viewer as a Center
Self-centered vision
Various positions in space
A slab in suspense
Seeing the world sideways
The viewer as an influence
Looking into depth
Limits And Frames
Enclosures spread energy
Tampering with the range
The functions of frames
Framed space not quite closed
Rectangular formats
Challenges to the middle
Perspective creates a center
Ton Do And Square
Floating shapes
Tondi stress the middle
The role of eccentricity
Disks inside
The oval
Squares balance the coordinates
Aibers's nests of squares
Mondrian overrides centricity
A square by Munch
Centers as hubs
Provimg Stability
Tensition through deviation
Dynamics of the human figuer
Saltimbanques and Guernica
Centers as Dividers
Bipolar composition
The necessary latch
Diagonals
Noli metengere
Volumes and nodes
Volumes and vectors interactiong
Kinds of nodes
Nodes of the body
Faces and hands
Singing man
Space in depth
Perceiving the third dimension
Objects behaving in space
Enclosures replacing frames
The added view of projection
Coctinuity of space
What perspective Contributes
Time in space
The symbolism of the frontal plane
Centers and grids in buildings
Grids prevail
Design in elevation
Design on the ground
Coping with full space
Composition in time
Are there exceptions?
A physical foundation
Composition carries meaning
Glossary
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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