Me in my reading spot. What can you tell me about this book? Any good? I haven’t really read it yet.
Another day, and another book, and this one is an autobiography by an artist who lived in many places and did many things, and came to call the Island home. I’ll give you a clue to the title, a cat has…
This is something that is in my studio and has become strangely valuable to me. It’s a list of all the books I’ve read since I started keeping the list in 1999. There are art histories, and art related books of course, and there are the classics such as War And Peace, Crime And Punishment, Lord Of The Flies, and Catcher In The Rye. There’s also all of Patrick O’Brian, Ian Rankin, Terry Pratchett, and J K Rowling, and many other works of history and fiction. I would be hard pressed to say what is my favourite book in the list. I would have to say Simon Schama is wonderful, as are Patrick O’Brian, Terry Pratchett, also I’m oddly addicted to the work of Matthew Collings.
Anyone have any interesting reading suggestions?
My latest Wednesday Idea was to leave an art related book in a public area in the hope that a passerby would find it and take it home to read. I thought this would be an easy thing to do, and a story related to me by the blogger Accretions of Stimuli tells me that sometimes the simplest of plans can also have remarkably unexpected results.
I thought it would be an easy task to take a book from my collection and leave it someplace. However as I looked through my books I kept on coming across things that I haven’t looked at in a long while, before long I was reading and browsing rather than choosing a book to give away. It is a fact that I’m very attached to my books, and even the most worn and ratty of books are treasures to me, and so it actually took about 2 days of browsing before I decided which book to use for my project. I chose a book about Picasso that I’ve had for many years, it’s in rough shape, but is an nice little introduction to the work of one of my favourite artists. I’ve also selected a book about Da Vinci that I will leave someplace. Hopefully the finders will enjoy them as much as I have.
I’ve been reading the Gerhard Richter exhibition catalog Panorama, and I’ve been enjoying it, and finding it very informative. As I’ve been reading the catalog I keep coming across names of many artists and curators with whom I’m unfamiliar. Maybe it’s because most are German or mainland European artists, and my main interest is North American and United Kingdom artists. Here is a list of some of the names with links to information about their work. How many of these artists are you familiar with?
Martin Barre. Thomas Bayrle. Rene Block. Mel Bochner. Benjamin Buchloh. Vija Celmins. Alan Charlton. Stephen Ellis. Konrad Fischer. Heiner Friedrich. Bernard Frize. Raymond Hains. Jorg Immendorf. Konrad Klapheck. Alexander Kluge. Jonathan Lasker. Konrad Lueg. Martial Raysse. David Reed. Zdenek Sykora. Gunther Uecker. James Welling. Zero Artists.