Mikala Dwyer book cover

Artistic perspectives of the past and the present: New books

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” ― Ansel Adams

And on that note, we encourage you to check out these latest books on perspectives of art and perhaps you too may reveal yourself, your perceptions and emotions and build confidence in your creative spirit.

Your art will save your life / Pickens, Beth
“Writing in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Beth Pickens reminds burgeoning artists that their work is more important now than ever, and advises on fostering creativity, sustaining an innovative practice, and navigating institutional funding as an individual. Partially a self-help book, partially a political manifesto, Pickens combines practical advice for those seeking out a creative career while contextualising it for the current time.” (amazon.co.uk)

Looking at pictures / Woodford, Susan
“An accessible and attractive beginner’s guide to getting the most out of looking at pictures. Beautifully illustrated with some of the world’s greatest pictures, from cave paintings and Roman mosaics to Picasso and Damien Hirst, this affordable guide explains the art of looking at and understanding pictures, equipping the reader with the vision and tools to approach any museum picture with confidence.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

The museum of lost art / Charney, Noah
“From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery comes this dynamic narrative that tells the fascinating stories of artworks stolen, looted, or destroyed in war, demolished or discarded, lost, or attacked by iconoclasts or vandals; works that were intentionally temporal, knowingly destroyed by the artists themselves or their patrons, covered over with paint or plaster, or recycled for their materials. An exciting read that spans the centuries and the continents.” (amazon.co.uk)

Mikala Dwyer : a shape of thought
“Mikala Dwyer creates engaging sculptures that explore ideas of shelter, childhood play, modernist design and the relationship between people and objects. Here, Dwyer co-opts both the everyday and the fabulous to transform four contemporary galleries – floating 150 silver balloons high above the gallery floor, installing an elaborate suspension of shapes held aloft by stockings, and building a large circular gathering that includes crystal-like Perspex structures.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Living with Leonardo : fifty years of sanity and insanity in the art world and beyond / Kemp, Martin
“Approaching the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, Kemp recounts his fifty year journey with the work of the world’s most famous artist. We learn of his encounters with academics, collectors and curators, devious dealers and unctuous auctioneers, scholars and authors and pseudohistorians and fantasists; but also how he has grappled with swelling legions of ‘Leonardo loonies’.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Modern art / Dempsey, Amy
“Amy Dempsey unravels the all-too-often daunting language of modern art by mapping the styles, schools and movements that help us understand modern and contemporary art, from Impressionism in the 19th century to Destination Art in the 21st. Using a practical and easy-to-navigate structure, Dempsey’s lucid writing and carefully selected artworks define sixty-eight essential groupings in western modern art.” (Syndetics summary)