The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things

by George Kubler

Paperback, 2008




New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2008]


Arising from the study of art history, this book presents a radically new approach to the problem of historical change. George Kubler draws upon new insights in fields such as anthropology and linguistics and replaces the notion of style with the idea of a linked succession of works distributed in time as recognizably early and late versions of the same action. The result is a view of historical sequence aligned on continuous change more than upon the ecstatic concept of style--the usual basis for conventional histories of art.

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LibraryThing member jimfelton9
This is a great book for those who want a system of thinking about sequences of things. It makes a complex topic digestable. I have been using it to develop a four dimension map stack for portraying the movement of culture and idea across geography and up through time. The map has become a transparent stack that looks for all the world like amorous lava lamp globules changing shape as they interact and continue up through history and geography. Kubler offers a grammar of the changes objects go through in their shift from one culture to another, from one era to the next, from one site to another where the object takes on the influences of a whole new milleaux. Good stuff. Look at Titiana Prosskoriakoffs works on Mayan iconography for a great start on animating artifacts and other objects as they are adapted through time and across geography. Jim… (more)




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