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Ways of Seeing

Artful Reading

Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognises before it can speak.


But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.


John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings. He will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures. By now he has.


Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Hosted by Grant McConnell

Space is limited and registration is required. E-mail cwylie@remaimodern.org to register.

$5 with admission or membership. Light refreshments provided.

About the talk

Remai Modern's book discussion program brings together two things we love: great art and literature! Led by different guest hosts and moderated by Robin Adair, participants are invited to discuss the selected book in connection to artworks on view. Titles are available from Remai Modern's Art & Design Store.

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