Why Art?

Why Art?

What is ?Art?? It?s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed gra What is ?Art?? It?s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls u...

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Title:Why Art?
Author:Eleanor Davis
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1683960823
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:200 pages pages

Why Art? Reviews

  • Carolee Wheeler
    Mar 09, 2018
    Eleanor, what does the inside of your mind look like? ...
  • Zach
    May 09, 2018
    Beautiful and weird. ...
  • Gphatty
    May 29, 2018
    This book cannot truly be "spoiled" -- it is a joy that bears re-reading -- but I think it is fair to say that by taking the journey laid out by the author, you could easily come about thinking of art in new and enjoyable ways. It is silly, deep, thought-provoking. Beautifully illustra...
  • David Schaafsma
    Apr 10, 2018
    Well, that was unexpected. This is to my mind one of the best comics creations I have encountered this year, or in awhile. And not exactly a graphic novel, exactly. But it is, too, finally, as a story emerges. Let me explain: Great cartoonist/illustrator Davis creates a book with a ...
  • Loretta
    Jul 14, 2018
    Elinor Davis begins her comic, Why Art?, by gently teasing her readers in pointing out the endless ways people classify artworks ? big, small, blue, orange, mask art, mirror art, edible art, and fabric art, just to name a few. Underneath the teasing, though, is an earnest exploration...
  • Derek Royal
    Mar 27, 2018
    What I thought would be a more expository text actually turned out to be something completely different. And fascinating. In many ways this is an enigmatic text, but multiple readings reveal a more coherent message, or messages, about the potential of creativity. ...
  • Eydie Ann
    Apr 09, 2018
    Not what I was expecting but had a some thought provoking moments. Started by giving it a 3 but I am 300 pages into another book and can't say the same. This book took my 20 minutes and has proved more valuable so switched to a 4. ...
  • Lily
    Jun 14, 2018
    This begins rambling and wandering about art a bit and then gets us into a weird situation with seeming shadowboxes. Does art imitate life? Vice versa? Is its point to solve our problems or create them? Is it to better ourselves or do we better ourselves in the making. This is a nice l...
  • Przemek SkoczyƄski
    May 31, 2018
    Naczyta?em si? jak fantastyczna to pozycja i pocz?tkowo czu?em spory niedosyt. Zapowiada?o si? na minimalistyczny wyk?ad na temat sztuki, bardzo ogólny i w zasadzie prosty, ale na szcz??cie w pewnym momencie staje si? to tak fantastycznie zap?tlone, podatne na interpretacj?...
  • Michelle
    Mar 19, 2018
    Every book I read by Eleanor Davis makes me cry at least once (basically including Stinky and Flop to the Top) and becomes my favourite ever book. I can?t wait to teach this one and read it over and over. It?s so lovely and moving AND FUNNY. ...
  • Evelyn
    May 08, 2018
    The book is more performance art about what might be classified as ?art? than a thoughtful well-reasoned response to the question posed by the book?s title. Read it for the graphics, not for the discussion of the subject matter. ...
  • Mateen Mahboubi
    May 14, 2018
    A veritable journey through art. I enjoyed the beginning, I enjoyed the end and I enjoyed everything in between. A quick read with a lot to take from it. Highly recommended. ...
  • Annie Valdes
    May 17, 2018
    i like the premise; but i didn't find it in the end a compelling book... it may be because i didn't find the illustrations particularly intriguing. the children's book, "where's Art?" does a better intro to the notion, albeit aimed at a younger audience. it's sitting, however, on ...
  • Rod Brown
    May 30, 2018
    Davis takes a tongue-in-cheek look at her title question while managing to be just a bit profound. From the opening pages ("Orange artworks. Blue ones. Both orange and blue ones.") made me laugh out loud and think immediately of This Is Not an Apple and Dr. Seuss. That sense of playful...
  • Maia
    May 15, 2018
    Reading this book is like experiencing a beautiful, strange dream that happens to also be an essay on the power and meaning of art. Eleanor Davis has an amazing mind. I've loved every book of hers that I've read; this is no exception. ...
  • Norman
    Mar 15, 2018
    Enjoyed it. Very quick read, but it was not at all what I was expecting. There?s an actual story, so it morphed into an emotional journey (very smooth transition). I found it to be quite colorful for a black and white book (except for those three pages of color), which, I suppose, te...
  • Jenee
    Mar 24, 2018
    As a visual artist and a creative, I loved this book, and by reading this appreciate my journey a lot more. ...
  • Diz
    Apr 24, 2018
    This is a bit bizarre. It's not really about art, but about how people relate to art and what it means in their lives. Also, it's about how the power of creation leads us to learn something about ourselves. It does get a bit abstract at times, so multiple readings are probably necessar...
  • Tom Ewing
    Mar 07, 2018
    [Read as part of the Book Riot 2018 challenge - a ?graphic novel? (it isn?t but whatever) written and drawn by the same person.] Lovely stuff. Yes, it answers the titular question (no spoilers though!). Surreal, funny, fluid, works beautifully as a digital comic, unfolds decep...
  • Liz Yerby
    Apr 03, 2018
    Part comics, part textbook, Davis is asking some big questions. a very enjoyable little ride. ...
  • Shawn Birss
    May 05, 2018
    This surprising little book starts off as though it intends to satirize textbook categorization of art. It begins by introducing us to elements one might find in art, but with absurdity, such as giving examples of colour in art with black and white line drawings. The book then esca...
  • Adam Stone
    Mar 06, 2018
    Is art blue? Is it orange? How big is art? These questions and more are involved in Eleanor Davis's "Why Art?" There are several five star reviews already about how wonderful this book is, and about how they are going to sleep with it next to their bed. I'm very happy people hav...
  • Glade
    Apr 01, 2018
    Perfect. ...
  • Comics Alternative
    Mar 28, 2018
    http://comicsalternative.com/episode-... ...
  • Ramon
    May 22, 2018
    Interesting treatise, but maybe a little too "opaque" for me. Interesting questions posed, though. ...
  • Blanka Rota
    Jun 27, 2018
    Why everything Eleanor Davis creates is so perfect and beautiful? I'm stunned really so sensitive so deep so poetic, I just love Eleanor Davis. I really recommend this. But if the toxic masculinity in this society has affected that much that you can't read poetry without feeling viola...
  • Vel Veeter
    Jun 29, 2018
    Hmmmmmmm, I guess I didn?t really like this book or really didn?t get it. No, it really doesn?t seem to answer the question of why art? but instead seems to tell a kind of metaphysical (their words) but I would say more so existential journey about the pursuit of art and what tha...
  • dv
    Apr 30, 2018
    A beautifully unexpected voyage into the world of art. It starts like a common sense visual guide on art, it expands by investigating subtle aspects of the activities of researching, producing and communicating art, it explodes into chaos and them comes back with great insights. A grea...
  • Sophie Croteau
    Mar 06, 2018
    I didn?t think a 20 minutes read could make me cry. ...
  • Sarah Kennedy
    Feb 25, 2018
    holy and pure and scary and true this book will sleep in my bed with me for the next few weeks pure pure magic again from Eleanor ...