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Faces, Places, and Inner Spaces

Jean Sousa

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How do artists use faces, places, and inner spaces to express themselves and their world? We all know what a face looks like, but no two faces are exactly alike. In works of art, we find an endless parade of faces. They can help us discover how people from different cultures and times have seen themselves.

Just like faces, places are full of variety. The word "place" can mean anything from the corner of a drawer to a neighborhood, from a kitchen to a forest, from a backyard to the moon! By looking at landscapes and cityscapes, interiors and exteriors, we can become more aware of our everyday life and appreciate what surrounds us.

Faces and places are all around us, but what about inner spaces? Inner spaces can be found in our minds, private places created by our emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and imagination. Artists who depict their dreams or fantasies share something very personal that might resemble some of our own thoughts, or seem so strange that we want to know more.

Every object in this book falls into at least one of these categories: in fact, you are likely to find that some can be one, two, or even all three! After exploring each of these topics, be prepared to take a new look at art and to start understanding how artists shape our view of the world.

All of the art featured in Faces, Places, and Inner Spaces is from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses more than 300,000 works within its 10 curatorial departments. This book includes examples from most of these departments, including such world-famous treasures as A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 by Georges Seurat and American Gothic by Grant Wood. Though housed in one place, the artworks' universal themes and content make them accessible to every reader everywhere.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2006
48 pages, 10 1/4 x 10 1/4
38 illus.