The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book sixteen on The Bookshelf is..
Art is More by J. L. Siesling
"Art is More" is a book written by an art historian, Jan Laurens Siesling. But it is far from a conventional art history book! Siesling presents the history of art not through the viewpoint of styles, theories or artists, but rather by looking at the larger questions surrounding it: What is Art? What is it's purpose? And what is its conversation with the society that it was created in?
Let's be honest, I am not a fan of history! It feels likes too many names, too many dates and half the time I'm wondering if it really is important for me to remember the exact location this one artist was born in, and to what type of parents. Maybe I'm just not good with details, maybe I had not-so-great history teachers, or maybe I just wish to approach history in a larger picture. I want to learn history in a way that I can relate it to today and the impact it makes not just on my life but on those I am living and sharing this planet with.
Art history is the ultimate history to do this with! Art reveals to the viewer who he is she is. Art also reveals to us who the maker is and in turn, what the society the maker was living in was like. This is the viewpoint with which Siesling approaches art history. And there could be nothing more exciting to me than that!
Would you like to change your viewpoint of how you've always approached history? Or if you've never understood art history, are you finally ready to have it explained in a way that ties this entire crazy and wild human ride into it? I know I am! Use the link above to purchase your own copy, and let's read "Art is More" by J. L. Siesling together this month!
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