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About the Book
What can we learn from great artists? When we hold their practices up to the light, what do we see - and how might those encounters reshape our own thinking about art?
Delving into the attitudes, working practices and mantras of artists hailing from the eighteenth century to the present day, Art Rules distills over 100 insights into the lives of artists inside the studio and out. This book is animated by questions: How do artists think about creativity? What forms can process take? How might artists craft a personal definition of success?
Drawing upon art historical research and artist interviews, the accessible takeaways on these virtuosos' varied practices pack a punch. This lively compendium offers up a wealth of perspectives from an international, intergenerational group of artists working across media. Art historical heavyweights including Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse appear alongside relatively newer names such as Kerry James Marshall, Ana Mendieta and Mika Rottenberg, as well as exciting artists on the rise like Emilie Louise Gossiaux and Madeline Hollander.
Some of the insights may seem more practical, while others trend conceptual; some may unearth existing knowledge, while others may come as a surprise; some will stay with you forever, while others you'll only need to try once. Art Rules allows readers to either dip in at random or read from cover to cover for lessons in how great artists think, make and work.
About the author:
Cassie Packard is a Brooklyn-based writer and cultural critic with bylines in publications including Art in America, Artforum, ArtReview, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, frieze, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New Inquiry, among others. She has contributed to catalogues published by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Dais Books, GRIMM, Karma, and Viaindustriae, and is the recipient of fellowships at Momus and Recess. She received a BA in Art History from Brown University and an MA in Art History from University College London.
In conversation with
Andrew Paul Woolbright (American, b. 1986) lives in Brooklyn, NY and is an MFA graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. Woolbright was previously a resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and has recently exhibited with Microscope Gallery, New York (2022); Hesse Flatow, New York (2022); The Hole, New York (2021); Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris (2021); Zurcher Gallery, New York (2020); and Ada Gallery, Richmond (2020) and is currently preparing work for an exhibit with Rachel Uffner this fall. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, TimeOut New York, ArtViewer, Two Coats of Paint, the Boston Globe, and the Chicago Reader, and his work is currently in the collection of the RISD Museum. In addition to exhibiting, he is Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail, director of the gallery Below Grand on the Lower East Side, and currently teaches at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts in New York.
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The best thing about rules is that you can break them: here are over 100 mantras for anyone interested in creating great art.
What can we learn from great artists? When we hold their practices up to the light, what do we see – and how might those encounters reshape our own thinking about art?
Delving into the attitudes, working practices and mantr
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at WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY, 11222).
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