I don’t like “Theories of Modern Art.”
There are no theories in it, just a dragging trail of art critique backed up with the artists’ biography and memoirs. I don’t know why I even expected the level of Butterfly Effect of the Chaos Theory or Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning Theory to be used in the analysis of art. It’s stupid on my part, I know, but the title did say “theories.”
Saying I find these psychological, scientific and even economic theories interesting would not suffice in encapsulating my zest in reading about them. I like how they attempt to methodically explain the gray areas of life. I like how they seem more realistic than the established scientific laws we have. I like the fact that they can’t really be proven with mere experimentation and still, one can’t deny the possibility of their truth and existence.
I like them enough that I think I’d probably end up using them as the foundation of my architectural concepts in the future; much like how I used Figure-Ground Theory as a zoning concept during our Design Plate. (And it was a good thing that I ditched the Geometric Collision concept; that was way too heavy for a private mountain resort project.)
Anyway, I did spend 200 pesos on it so I’ll eventually have get over my petty qualms and just finish the goddamn book.
EDIT: The book is good. I’m an idiot for having claimed otherwise.