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Re: Artist books

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Betty Bowen (
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 10:20:46 -0600

Hi - Benvenuto Cellini is a fun read.....and Vasari. Kandinsky & Albers on
color. Paul Klee's writings are wonderful, especially if you look at his
work in light of mental maps / visual language. Louse Nevelson wrote an
interesting book about her own life and work (mostly her life, like how many
layers of eyelashes she wore). Robert Irwin's provides great insight into
the mind of the installation artist. Another place I'd look is the writings
of Peter Plagens - he's a well known art
critic - ArtForum, etc., and now Time or Newsweek one... but also long time
professional abstractionist and sometimes teacher. Wonderful fun reading,
lots of insight - short on sacred cows. "Art & Sexual Politics" - isn't that
author an artist? Another favorite little book of mine by two artists is
called "Art and Fear". And we can't forget Ben Shan - truly, don't forget
Ben Shan - he's a big reason I'm
an artist.
Interesting project, I bet you'll enjoy it! would you consider posting the
list once you compile it?
And, it's not by an artist, but my favorite art-novel is still "The Horse's
Mouth" by Joyce Cary.