A couple of months ago I moved the bulk of my art book collection to another room. I decided to keep a small part, favorites, on my regular shelves. I’ve written a bit on each of those 20 titles below – 20 being just a coincidence by the way.
It is very much intended as a book list, not a list of favorite artists, as that would include a lot more names. The titles are mainly from established contemporary artists, with just three older painters – three big ones, yes.
Click on the covers to be taken to the publisher’s website or some other resource – with more extensive text on the book and the artist.
I’ve included images of artworks too: click those to enhance.
KADER ATTIA – The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures
Greenbox, 2014, 176 pages
In 2012, my visit to dOCUMENTA (13) would have been a bit of a disappointment if it weren’t for two artists. One of those is Kader Attia. His installation The Repair From Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures was jaw dropping, the highlight being slides showing repaired African statues and the likes next to the mended faces of mutilated soldiers from the First World War. The book has all slides, and more. A beautiful edition, full of the uncanny.
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Tagged Bernard Frize, Best Art Books, Contemporary Art, Cy Twombly, Favorite, Gerhard Richter, Gordon Matta-Clark, Hans Eijkelboom, James Turrell, Jiri Kovanda, Kader Attia, Lists, Matthew Barney, Non-fiction, Olaf Breuning, Painting, Paul McCarthy, Pieter Breugel, Raymond Pettibon, Rembrandt, Roman Ondák, Roman Signer, Thomas Hirschhorn, Vincent Van Gogh, Visual Art, Wolfgang Laib
First up: I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has read, liked, linked or commented. Thank you. My best wishes for the new year!
I’ve read 54 titles in 2016, and reviewed 52. Below are the ones I enjoyed most, in no particular order. Click on the covers for the review. After the books, music.
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Tagged 2016, Fantasy, Favorite, Graham Lambkin, Keith Rowe, Lists, Michael Pisaro, Science Fiction, SFF books, Speculative Fiction, The Room Extended, year end lists
My reading of non-fiction books has plummeted the last 2 years. Today, I tend to only read articles. Nevertheless, I think the listed titles will continue to have an appeal in the foreseeable future. This list excludes philosophy books, as those will get a favorite list of its own.
Books are listed by publication year, youngest first. Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page for the books.
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Tagged Anthony Braxton, Best non-fiction, Brian Greene, Favorite, Frans de Waal, Joshua Greene, Lists, Noam Chomsky, Non-fiction, Science, The Flexible Phenotype
Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the future. I’ll limit this list to 25, so if I’ll add a book later on, I’ll bump another title out.
Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the distant future.
First and foremost, let me start with a big thank you to all who read, liked, shared or commented since I started this whole thing in October. My best wishes for 2016!
I’ve read 52 books this year, and reviewed 50. Below are the 10ish best. Click on the covers for the review.