Charles Harrison (1942-2009) was professor emeritus at the Open University and had previously held positions at the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Getty Research Institute.
Read An Introduction to Art and then visit your favourite gallery - I guarantee you won't look at the artworks quite the same ever again. -Charles Willmott, Artists & Illustrators It is hard to think of a book with such a broad range which succeeds as well in equipping beginning students and general readers to think intelligently and fruitfully about art. -John Hyman, University of Oxford This sprawling book-an introduction to the experience and history of sculpture, painting, and prints-presents nothing less than a rethinking of the way art is approached both in literal and figurative terms: how is it seen in a museum? And, how is it to be described by the art historian and the 'lay' museum-goer? -Christopher Heuer, Princeton University Anyone familiar with the history and criticism of modern art will know that Harrison's credentials are unsurpassed for the task he sets himself in An Introduction to Art. This book exceeds expectations in every respect. The breadth of materials handled by the author-and the clarity of his claims about them-make this book illuminating for students, useful for teachers, and a welcome alternative to other introductory texts. Most importantly, it is original in its approach and compelling in its expression. -Michael Schreyach, Trinity University This book is made up of absolutely superb and foundational discussions and arguments. -Susan Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University The book is tremendously successful as a narrative about contemplating why one bothers to look at art . . . Harrison's aphoristic economy positively influences the readerly experience in many ways-most of all, it produces a tone that is relaxed and conversational, yet also probing and serious. -Matthew Jesse Jackson, University of Chicago