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5 Hearty Art Books Recommended for 2016-To Boost Art in You.

5 Hearty Art Books Recommended for 2016-To Boost Art in You.

Books!!!!!!!My Best Friends!!!

It’s Friday… end of the week.. It’s my reading day at office. Post-lunch, I stroll outside my cabin, it’s my, me time date with my book “On Managing Yourself” by Clayton Christensen……….As I read, I get transformed into another world…A world of pleasure….

Books for me are my companions in solitude.. Musing on books has made me realize the important role they perform in our lives. Books tone up our brain and broaden our outlook…They are a great source of inspiration. Books eradicate our ignorance and add to our knowledge… They take us on a voyage of beauty, imagination and happiness…

One must develop a healthy habit of reading books. As an artist, one needs to continuously refuel the creativity spark and rejuvenate the mind and soul. Books exactly tend to do the same.

There are few must-reads for every artist to complement his thought process.. I have listed them in brief below. I encourage every artist in my office to inculcate the reading ritual in him….

1.  101 Things to Learn in Art School - Kit White

    Kit White is an artist and Professor of Painting at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Guggenheim Museum.

    These 101 maxims, meditations, and demonstrations offer both a toolkit of ideas for the art student and a set of guiding principles for the artist. Complementing each of the 101 succinct texts is an equally expressive drawing by the artist, often based on a historical or contemporary work of art, offering a visual correlative to the written thought.


    “This small book, just 6 inches square, excels in presenting ideas that both artists and designers, at all stages of their careers, cannot be reminded of too often.”—Interior Design

    2.  100 Painters of Tomorrow-Kurt Beers

        Since 2010, Beers has worked with emerging and established artists to explore a diverse exhibition programme dedicated to thematic, aesthetic, and political concepts, highlighting an approach to contemporary art that is both progressive and thought-provoking.

        It is the culmination of a major new project to find the most exciting, up-and-coming painters at work today. This major publication introduces and presents the work of a global cast of painters selected by an international panel featuring some of the most prominent names in contemporary art, offering an intelligent snapshot of the best new talent in painting from across the world, gathered through an open call for submission that drew over 4,300 applications.


        For those who think that painting is dead, and there are many, Kurt Beers...has authored a book featuring 53 men and 47 women whose work is changing the future of the medium. — Architectural Digest.

        3.  Cosmigraphics- Michael Benson

           Michael Benson works at the intersection of art and science. An artist, writer, filmmaker, book – designer, and exhibitions producer, in the last decade he has staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography internationally.

          Michael Benson talks about his new book “Cosmigraphics,” which surveys 4,000 years of how humans have pictured the universe — and their place in it.


          What an exquisitely beautiful book! There is awesome art I have never seen before reproduced. Especially for me, these are the paintings of the cosmos from the medieval era. They stir my imagination!-Pen Child

          4.  Art and fear-David Bayles and Ted Orland

          David Bayles is an accomplished photographer, author, workshop leader, and conservationist. He has studied with Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, among others, and has taught and written extensively in the arts for over thirty years.

          Ted Orland, the author of The View from the Studio Door, currently pursues parallel careers in teaching, writing, and photography.

          Art and Fear is not written specifically for painters, but for any creative field, whether you’re a writer, musician, or fine artist. But despite this a painter will feels as if it’s talking directly to them, addressing issues painters have.


          This book doesn't tell you how to paint or write or compose music or dance. Nor does it trot out the works of other painters, writers, composers, or dancers to serve as inspiration. Instead, it tells me and you and all other aspiring artists how to keep on working at what we love most. What a gem!-Stephen R.Whitney

          5.  Creative Blockby Danielle Krysa

          Danielle Krysa is the artist and writer behind the blog The Jealous Curator. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

          Abundantly visual with more than 300 images showcasing these artists' resulting work, Creative Block is a vital ally to students, artists, and creative professionals


          Creative Block is a get-out-of-hell free card. Read this book and the dark nights with your creative soul may go more gently." - Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York magazine.

          By reading books, we enrich ourselves with richness that cannot be quantified..Afterall, I strongly believe that “Books maketh Man”!!

          Sources : For researching about authors and reviews ,Wikipedia and Amazon have been the sources.

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