Julian Stallabrass

Different Ways of Seeing

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Julian Stallabrass reviews the work of John Berger.

There are two books that the Courtauld Institute of Art recommends prospective BA students to read before they begin their studies - Gombrich's Story of Art and Berger's Ways of Seeing. They could hardly be more opposed theoretically and politically. Ways of Seeing is a highly accessible demolition of the bourgeois history of art, which insists that a privileged minority uses that history to justify its existence, and can only do so through consistent mystification.

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