By Michael Archer

While the concept of composition dates back to ancient Egypt and Greece, its use is continually evolving. Ideas around balance, hierarchy, and negative space developed over time to embrace the rule of thirds, linear perspective, and other means of making a piece of art visually appealing.

This refreshing overview takes as its starting point a revolution in art that sent ideas around composition in completely different directions. In five beautifully illustrated chapters, one of the world's foremost art historians shows how artists have been using new sets of tools and ideas to navigate the world--from Manet's revolutionary brushwork and Ukiyo-e artists' use of asymmetry and movement; to Muybridge's experiments in motion photography and Nam June Paik's embrace of video and electronic media.

Filled with enlightening discussions of major and lesser-known artists from the optical revolution of the nineteenth century to contemporary twenty-first century concerns, this book thrillingly and precisely maps how scientific, technological and social advances have changed the way artists see reality; the way they view their subjects; and how they tell their stories.

Hardcover, 240 pages, 10.8"x 9.0" x 1.5".