New Art books in June

In this month’s selections we cover colourful pop art and street art, we travel outdoors to examine larger-than-life sculptures and look inward at the private sketchbooks of sculptor Grayson Perry, and we take a detailed look at the work and life of some beloved artists, including video & installation artist Bill Viola.

Syndetics book coverBotticelli reimagined / [edited by] Mark Evans and Stefan Weppelmann.
“Renowned for his iconic The Birth of Venus, Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is arguably one of the greatest artists of all time, and his work has inspired countless others. As famous as he is today, Botticelli was quickly forgotten after his death, only to be rediscovered in the 19th century. This fascinating book is the first to contrast Botticelli’s work with modern appropriations of it–including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, fashion, and design by artists such as Edgar Degas, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, René Magritte, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Bill Viola.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to be an artist without losing your mind, your shirt, or your creative compass : a practical guide / JoAnneh Nagler.
“Whether you’re a new graduate, considering a job change, or a creative type who isn’t finding time to pursue your passions, don’t fall for this line: “Do what you love and the money will follow.” The world is full of starving artists, but you don’t need to starve financially to thrive artistically. Author JoAnneh Nagler wants you to welcome your creativity and continue to make art–but to do so with a plan. In this groundbreaking book, she provides step-by-step strategies to teach writers, sculptors, painters, musicians, designers, and other artists how tohave a well-supported, well-lived life–and make art at the same time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUrban art legends / Ket.
“From being spray-painted onto walls and trains, to enjoying acclaim in galleries and museums, the graffiti movement has changed. Far from being viewed as mindless vandalism, graffiti, or urban street art, has become prized as a highly valued and socially relevant art form. From well-known names such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Blek le Rat to superstars of the underground movement, these are artists who have moved far away from the cliched lettering and tags to develop individual styles that reflect and critique modern life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOutdoor art : extraordinary sculpture parks and art in nature / Silvia Langen ; translation, Fiona Elliott, Edinburgh.
“This book offers an astonishing glimpse beyond the garden walls of some of today’s most innovative art spaces around the world–sculpture parks and art situated in nature. From Edward James’s surreal sculpture garden Las Pozas in Mexico to Anselm Kiefer’s sprawling studio complex in the French countryside, artists and art collectors are creating outdoor spaces in order to display sculpture and art that is both transformative and powerful. This book is filled with breathtaking photographs of 25 of these spaces from throughout the world–many of which are not open to the public.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSketchbooks / Grayson Perry.
“For over 30 years, Grayson Perry has made his name sculpting ceramic vases that are brazenly decorated and strikingly detailed. In this unique collaboration with the artist, over 100 double-page illustrations bring to life the sketches that have been essential in forming Grayson’s style, from his days as a fresh art graduate to the moment he won the Turner Prize.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of Bill Viola / edited by Chris Townsend.
“The video and installation artist Bill Viola is one of the most popular artists in the world today. Viola’s rich imagery touches a nerve with large international audiences. Viola is one of those rare artists whose work makes us aware of our nature as human beings. In The Art of Bill Viola eminent critics examine the scope of the artist’s creations since the 1970s. Their studies include the relationship of Viola’s art to the religious traditions of both Asia and Europe, the use of space as metaphor within his installations, the use of sound in his work, and the impact of its exhibition upon other video artists.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArtrage! : the story of the BritArt revolution / Elizabeth Fullerton.
“The Young British Artists (YBAs) stormed onto the contemporary art scene in 1988 with their attention-grabbing, ironic art. Both dismissed as trivial gimmickry and praised for its witty energy, their art made an indelible mark on the art scene and on public consciousness, still visible today. Drawing on interviews with all the key Brit Art players, as well as extensive archival research, Elizabeth Fullerton examines the entire cast of characters, as well as crucial events and seminal artworks. Among the artists discussed are Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sarah Lucas, and Gary Hume.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMake your mark : the new urban artists / Tristan Manco.
“In an age when Banksy’s installations are protected by Plexiglas and graffiti artists exhibit in galleries as well as on the street, Make Your Mark explores the work of thirty-five urban artists who use mark-making techniques–drawing, painting, and other methods–to create a diverse array of work. Featured artists include the French illustrator and graffiti artist Bault, the American muralist Zio Ziegler, and the Japanese painter Fuco Ueda.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI’m with her / Rochelle Feinstein ; text by David Norr and six others.
I’m with Her is the first book to offer a cohesive presentation of American artist Rochelle Feinstein’s rich career to date. Bringing together several important bodies of work, such as The Estate of Rochelle F , The Abramovic Method and The Wonderfuls , this compendium showcases an evolving, expansive and highly self-reflexive painting practice.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMan Ray : writings on art / edited by Jennifer Mundy, with Andrew Strauss and Edouard Sebline, consulting editors.
“Man Ray (1890 -1976) was a pioneer of the Dada movement in the United States and France and a central protagonist of Surrealism. Today he is one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century, celebrated above all for his innovative and often seductively glamorous photography. Man Ray: Writings on Art fills a conspicuous gap in scholarship on the artist and his period. It brings together his most significant writings, many of them published here for the first time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)