The shape of time remarks on the history of things is a short book by george kubler published in 1962 by yale university pressit presents an approach to historical change which challenges the notion of style by placing the history of objects and images in a larger continuum kubler proposes new forms of historical sequencing where objects and images provide solutions to evolving problems. The shape of time remarks on the history of things new haven and iondon yale university press the tide page and chapter head illustrations show pottery figurine fcagments made in the valley of mexico between 300 bc and about ad 900 all are from teodhuadn and its the history of things. When it was first released in 1962 the shape of time presented a radically new approach to the study of art history drawing upon new insights in fields such as anthropology and linguistics george kubler replaced the notion of style as the basis for histories of art with the concept of historical sequence and continuous change across time. Arising from the study of art history this book presents a radically new approach to the problem of historical change george kubler draws upon new insights in fields such as anthropology and linguistics and replaces the notion of style with the idea of a linked succession of works distributed in time as recognizably early and late versions of the same action. The shape of time is as relevant now as it was in 1962 this book a sober deeply introspective and quietly thrilling meditation on the flow of time and space and the place of objects within a larger continuum adumbrates so many of the critical and theoretical concerns of the late twentieth and early twenty first century
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