There has probably never been a better time to be a book lover with regard to how accessible books are these days. The creation of the Kindle made it possible to have books from any parts of the world at the click of a button regardless of whether the books are stocked by local book stores. Although I buy lots of electronic books, I must admit that I am still a bit old fashioned in that I like to be able to feel the pages of a book. There are so many books aimed at art lovers and I decided to do this blog on some of my favorites.
Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010
(MIT Press) by Lauren Rosati
This 400 page book documents alternative art spaces and groups from the period between 1960 to 2010 in New York. It was published to accompany an exhibition that explored the same theme.
It includes pictures, interviews and essays of individuals who were active during the time and made important contributions in the artist scene in New York.
Art: A world History
by Elke Linda Buchholz, Susanne Kaeppele, Karoline Hille, Irina Stotland
A pocket sized book containing about 900 illustrations of famous art works, this book is a great reference book for anyone looking to learn more about art history or anyone that is a new art lover. It is great for anyone looking for more information about famous paintings or iconic artists including things like they were born, who their major influences were and where they died. Although the layout is great, because of the size it might be hard to read the print size for some people.
Art History, Combined Volume
by Marilyn Stokstad and Michael. W. Cothren
Although this book is sold as a text book for college courses, it is a good addition for any art lovers book shelf.
At 1240 pages, there is no doubt that this is a heavy book, luckily it also has an electronic version which might appeal to art lovers who do not have the space, or would prefer a more portable book. The electronic version of the book does not compromise on quality.
The book provides a lot of information on the subject of art but is written in such a way that even anyone without prior knowledge will find it an easy read.
Draw Paint Print like a great artists
is a book by the illustrator Marion Deuchars.
This an activity book aimed at adults or young adults who want to improve their art skills or any artist looking for inspiration. Marion introduces readers to the techniques used by famous artists like Frida Kahlo, Philip Guston among other well-known names. It also explores various styles of art.
The book is divided in to sections that cover different techniques about drawing, painting and even collage. Each section of the book contains projects based on the featured artist’s techniques as artists. The write up on each of the featured artists including their influences and their artist style is a nice surprise
A nice surprise is a brief write up on the artists featured in the book
Get unstuck, Discover new ideas. Advice and projects from 50 successful artists by Danielle Kysa
Similar to the book above, this one is another book aimed at anyone looking for artistic inspiration. It contains beautiful art, words and advice for any artist struggling in their art or looking for inspiration. It is always interesting to read about other people’s creative processes and the author provides us with this insight through the interviews from more than 50 contemporary artists.
A youtube Review of the activity book