BOOK REVIEW: Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Berger’s WAYS OF SEEING shouldn’t be considered a milestone because of the ideas it contains, since it has no new ideas – it should be appreciated for its succinct and generally digestible presentation of ideas that hadn’t permeated the Zeitgeist because of their complexity. The reproduction and dilution of masterpieces, the male/female gazes, and the commodification of the world stand at the core of Berger’s work, which get a clever treatment through words and pictures. This book is a must-read for anyone yearning not only to expand their horizons about art history and appreciation, but for those who seek to look at the world in a different way in order to understand it a bit better.

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