One the joys (and hazards) of writing about art is that I have gotten myself on some publisher lists and art books and catalogs are arriving at my front door with increasing frequency.
Theron Humphrey has done what many of us only dream of doing. He quit his lucrative day job and rescued an adorable dog. Humphrey soon resolved to hit the road with his new best friend, setting out to visit all 50 states in 365 days.
They make such easy and effective home accessories.
My choices include a beautiful coffee table tome, a local LA galley zine and three museum exhibition catalogs.
Like every other artist and writer on art I know, I have a precious collection of crumbling, yellowing old books and magazines about art on my bookshelves. And like my friends, I've hoped to see these talismanic texts back in print.
In 2003, the critic Martin Gayford began sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud. In 2010, Gayford published his journal of the sittings as a book. Among his reflections, we get glimpses of Freud's attitudes and methods that create a portrait of a great experimental artist at work.
Those who appreciate allegorical works like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince are likely to feel the same way about The Conference of the Birds.
The mention of their names is sometimes met with uncertainty, even though their photographs are not. I realized that many people know the pictures, but not the names, or, in some case, the reverse.
I have lived most of my adult life near the intersection of two worlds -- as an artist, diarist, voracious reader, art-gallery/art-book-store director and blogger about art and books. You could say it is my happy place -- and for the last two weeks my proverbial cup runneth over!
Can it be that, in 2012, in Paris, an important book by a very important author is passing under the radar of public opinion?
I found I had a whole host of these postcards of famous writers in my room and before long I'd set myself the task of covering every last one with my scribblings.
I started this project because when I am 90 (if I live that long), I want to have a library in my house (if there are still books) where every book jacket is designed by me. That is my long-term plan.
That's all we need, I thought -- more dry, cerebral artspeak to take all the fun out of erotic art. So I was very pleased to discover that How to Read Erotic Art is written in straightforward prose that educates and enhances viewing pleasure.
No formal training needed, just a willingness to create art with anything at hand using offbeat techniques. Once you tattoo a banana, print on marshmallows, or mold a Mona Lisa sugar cookie, you'll definitely be curious about what else is possible!
Draw Me a House, written and illustrated by Thibaud Herem, a French-born illustrator based in London, is one of the most engaging in the new world of "interactive" coloring books.