I love museum stores, and especially the one at the Clark Museum that Carolyn and I visited a couple of days ago. They have a wonderful selection of books and, of course, I can't leave without purchasing at least one! My choice this time is a book entitled Art Without Compromise by Wendy Richmond, 2009. The description on the back cover enticed me:
Art without compromise will inspire artists to change the way they think aobut their creative landscapes, from personal goals to cultural influences to technological realities. Author Wendy Richmond helps artists to look closely at what they see every day, both in their own art-making and in the world around them. Readers will learn to develop an uncompromising commitment to finding and protecting their own unique process for making their strongest art.
OK - I'm hooked. This is the book I'll be reviewing over the next few weeks. A quick peek inside the covers reveals fascinating topics that are worthy of discussion. I hope you'll be interested as well. And, if the author is reading this blog (which seems to be more common that I previously realized) I hope she'll join our discussion.
According to the description, this book considers the following topics:
- understanding the artist's unique indentity in relation to the larger culture
- building systems of support and collaboration
- explaining how an artist's needs can lead to innovation and authenticity
- responding to the Internet and changing concepts of what is public and private
- accepting digression as a creative necessity
Sounds good to me. In my next post I'll start with Chapter 1. Stay tuned ....