Monday, May 08, 2006
"The Shape of Content" by Ben Shahn was first published in 1957. It is best described as Shahn's ruminations about being an artist, creating art, criticizing art, and art's function in society, all discussed in Shahn's lucid, passionate and very personal voice. The paperback edition that I have is published by Harvard University Press, is still in print, and is beautifully illustrated with Shahn's line work. Relevant, highly readable and highly recommended.
More biographical info and works by Ben Shahn can be viewed on the George Krevsky Gallery website, too.