Years ago, while working on Envisioning Information, I tried to read Goodman on art and aesthetics but just couldn't get anywhere. For me, at any rate, Goodman's analysis was unvisual, thickly wordy, and didn't help to see better or to think differently about visual matters. I didn't have much luck with Roger Fry either.
I much prefer Klee, Arnheim, Gombrich, Schapiro, Alexander--artists and scholars who are closer to the visual experience. They have all given me insights into seeing and reasoning about seeing.
-- Edward Tufte