The Art Collector’s Library: Artists & Art History

How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz
How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz

For the Artist

This is a book by the New York magazine art critic and journalist Jerry Saltz. It’s a guide for artists trying to figure out how to make a living from their work. He also talks about how he started his career when he couldn’t get published.

Using his trademark wit, he gives helpful advice to those struggling or trying to figure out what they should do with their lives.

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33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton
33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton

Artists as a Collective

Thornton covers three decades in the lives of artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei. There is no agenda or judgment here; Thornton is committed to telling all sides of the story. The book contains its share of information and opinion, but it does so in nonfiction style (not essays).

She writes, “What I was interested in understanding was what relationship the artists themselves had to money and to art as investments.”

One subject in the introduction is the art world and how it affects society; including lack of diversity (in all aspects), the importance of money, and an unrealistic vision of artists.

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What Are You Looking At The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz
What Are You Looking At The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz

Modern to Contemporary Art

A captivating and revelatory account of the extraordinary creativity and innovation that has transformed the visual art world since 1865. From Monet to Pollock, from Renoir to Warhol, this is one of the most momentous periods in art history.

But it’s also a surprising tale of how uncertain times can lead to great creativity; how innovation often takes place when you least expect it; and how sometimes what seems ugly or disturbing at first can be beautiful in its way.

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The Story of Contemporary Art by Tony Godfrey
The Story of Contemporary Art by Tony Godfrey

How We Got to Now

Tony Godfrey is one of the most respected art historians in the world. He has taught, researched, and written about modern art for over forty years. Tony was curator at Tate Modern for more than ten years, during which time he also ran Tate Britain. He has published many books on modern art, including The Story of Contemporary Art.

With eloquent prose and exhaustive research, he examines how contemporary art reflects our society in today’s hyper-connected world while also delving into its history during different periods throughout the ages.

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