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6 Books To Read To Appreciate and Understand Art

Learn to appreciate the higher ideals immortalized in the art of past cultures.

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Does the depiction of beauty in the arts of ancient cultures seem vain to you?

Perhaps you could say so, but you will be missing the point: Ancient people that lived on not so comfortable times still found the time to immortalize that which they deemed beautiful and divine, the grandeur of their designs allows you to glimpse at the beauty that humanity is capable of producing, to appreciate what makes art great is truly an enriching spiritual journey across time.

Learn to appreciate art with these books.

#1 Conversations With Artists by Heidi Zuckerman

 

Conversations With Artists by Heidi Zuckerman
Conversations With Artists by Heidi Zuckerman

Book recommendation by Lucy Lea Tucker from Aspen Art Museum

In this book of interviews with artists, Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Museum, opens up the studios and practices of more than thirty prominent contemporary artists through personal and illuminating conversations.

A perceptive, sensitive interviewer, Zuckerman offers the reader refreshing insights and access to some of the most engaging artists making work this decade. Before arriving in Aspen in 2005, Zuckerman previously worked as a curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Jewish Museum, New York. In Aspen, Zuckerman has transformed the Aspen Art Museum into a pioneering, risk-taking institution and made a name for herself as one of the leading museum directors in the US.

Conversations with Artists includes: Karin Mamma Andersson, Lutz Bacher, Darren Bader, Lynda Benglis, Walead Beshty, Huma Bhabha, Carol Bove, Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Alice Channer, Simon Denny, Peter Doig, Cheryl Donegan, Tony Feher, Sergej Jensen, Liz Larner, Margaret Lee, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, William J. O’Brien, Laura Owens, Mai-Thu Perret, Susan Philipsz, Rob Pruitt, Pedro Reyes, Rachel Rose, Julian Schnabel, Gedi Sibony, Lorna Simpson, Frances Stark, Mickalene Thomas, and Fred Tomaselli.

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#2 1001 Art Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Farthing

 

1001 Art Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Farthing
1001 Art Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Farthing

Book recommendation by Lydia Anderson from The Quarto Group

With 1001 Art Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die, you hold in your hand the essential visual reference to sensational paintings from around the world. Accompany Professor Stephen Farthing on his personal guided tour of the paintings everyone should strive to see in a lifetime. Many are easily accessible—either in well-known galleries, such as the Louvre, in Paris, or MoMA, in New York, or in smaller, more intimate collections across the far reaches of the globe. Every one of them is worth planning to see.

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#3 Salvador Dali at Home by Jackie De Burca

 

Salvador Dali at Home by Jackie De Burca
Salvador Dali at Home by Jackie De Burca

Book recommendation by Lydia Anderson from The Quarto Group

Salvador Dalí at Home explores the influence of Catalan culture and tradition, Dalí’s home life and the places he lived, on his life and work. Fully illustrated with over 130 illustrations of his famous work, as well as lesser known pieces, archive imagery, contemporary landscapes and personal photographs, the book provides uniquely accessible insight into the people and places that shaped this iconic artist and how the homes and landscapes of his life relate to his work.

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#4 Living with Vincent van Gogh by Martin Bailey

 

Living with Vincent van Gogh by Martin Bailey
Living with Vincent van Gogh by Martin Bailey

Book recommendation by Lydia Anderson from The Quarto Group

Living with Vincent van Gogh sets out to examine the impact of the places where Van Gogh stayed, as well as the people he lived with, on his personal life and art. What effect did his series of homes and studios have on him? And what about the impact of the landscapes and cityscapes on his drawings and paintings? The book represents a concise biography, but one seen through the lens of the places where he worked.

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#5 The Da Vinci Legacy by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Dr. Christopher Brown

 

The Da Vinci Legacy by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Dr. Christopher Brown
The Da Vinci Legacy by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Dr. Christopher Brown

Book recommendation by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Dr. Christopher Brown from 

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death on May 2, 2019, Apollo Publishers will release a groundbreaking new study that lifts the veil on an enduring mystery: how did Leonardo, a painter of few works who died in obscurity in France while overshadowed by his rivals Michelangelo and Raphael, become the star icon that he is today? What propelled the incredible arc of his unlikely fame to make him the highest-selling artist today, while Salvator Mundi sold for nearly half a billion dollars?

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#6 Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

 

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

Book recommendation by Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

In this book, Sarah Thornton gives some insight into the world of art. From Christie’s auction house to the Basel Art Fair to Takashi Murakami’s studios, readers can better understand the nuances of this fascinating field. Thornton discusses the concepts of style, money, creativity and status, shedding light on various art institutions. She also shares material gleaned from countless interviews with professionals in the field, so it’s a great read if you really want to gain a deeper understanding of the art world.

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