Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
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 twelve on The Bookshelf is..
Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art, by Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi
This month's book on The Bookshelf is this wonderful little guy! I'm so excited for this one. You have no idea how many friends I've had tell me they do not know anything about art (in fact that's one of the main reasons why I started the Back to the Drawing Board podcast!). Or that they really don't understand the art that they find in galleries or museums. And even though I have an art education, and can mostly understand the art that i come across, I'm still excited to read Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art, to find how it approaches some of the most common questions on contemporary art. Some of these questions include: What's art all about? What makes it art? Can art really be for everyone? Why is it so expensive? Is it really necessary? and many more! I'm excited to be better equipped to answer my friends' questions.
Are you afraid of contemporary art? Do you find yourself in a gallery, scratching your head, thinking: "What the heck is this?" Do you wonder "Why is modern art so bad?" Or "Why is modern art so expensive?" Maybe you think modern art is a sham or meaningless. Then consider joining me this month on The Bookshelf! The book is to the point and approachable, just the way the concept of art will be for you at end of the month!