© 1998

Art, Design and Visual Culture

An Introduction

  • Authors
  • A keynote contribution to the definition and development of the increasingly important discipline of visual culture
    Vividly written, it contains original ideas and represents an advance in the evolution of the subject and the study of 'art'
    Comprehensive and up-to-date: the analysis is drawn from a wide range of visual culture from the past and present

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 1-9
  3. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 10-31
  4. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 32-57
  5. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 58-78
  6. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 79-101
  7. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 102-123
  8. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 124-142
  9. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 143-165
  10. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 166-196
  11. Malcolm Barnard
    Pages 197-200
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 201-214

About this book


Most of our expereince is visual. We obtain most of our information and knowledge through sight, whether from reading books and newspapers, from watching television or from quickly glimpsing road signs. Many of our judgements and decisions, concerning where we live, what we shall drive and sit on and what we wear, are based on what places, cars, furniture and clothes look like. Much of our entertainment and recreation is visual, whether we visit art galleries, cinemas or read comics. This book concerns that visual experience.

Why do we have the visual experiences we have? Why do the buildings, cars, products and advertisements we see look the way they do? How are we to explain the existence of different styles of paintings, different types of cars and different genres of film? How are we to explain the existence of different visual cultures? This book begins to answer these questions by explaining visual experience in terms of visual culture. The strengths and weaknesses of traditional means of analysing and explaining visual culture are examined and assessed. Using a wide range of historical and contemporary examples, it is argued that the groups which artists and designers form, the audiences and markets which they sell to, and the different social classes which are produced and reproduced by art and design are all part of the successful explanation and critical evaluation of visual culture.


culture media production Visual Culture

About the authors

Malcolm Barnard is Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Art and Design at the University of Derby. He is also Admissions Tutor for the BA (Hons) degree in Visual Culture. He has published in the areas of recent French philosophy, advertising and fashion and his most recent book is Fashion as Communication(Routledge).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Art, Design and Visual Culture
  • Book Subtitle An Introduction
  • Authors Malcolm Barnard
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67525-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67526-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26917-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Sociology of Education
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