Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Good Art-Related Reads

Today's Wednesday Artist column shares links to art-related articles for your reading list.

Shirin Neshat, Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, and seven other artists talk about their lucky breaks—their first exhibitions. Read Rain Embuscado's "10 Influential Artists Recall Their First Exhibitions | Even the best artists started somewhere." at ArtNet News.

Adam Holofcener of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts tells Fractured Atlas that "it is important that artists continue to do their part to organize around legislative issues at the federal level." He urges artists "to get hip to the system of policy, in even the most modest way, so that they can attempt to engage or act in ways that do not demand they merely acquiesce" to developments that affect their jobs, housing, cost of living, and other issues. Read "Eliminating Legal Barriers to Artistic Expression: Q&A with Adam Holofcener of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts".

✦ Baltimore-area writer Victoria Emily Jones describes at ArtWay how we can "discipline our eyes" with holy images. The article, "Victoria Emily Jones on Disciplining Our Eyes", is illustrated generously.

✦ More than 150 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by notable Abstract Expressionists are coming to the Royal Academy of Arts. Read "London's Royal Academy of Arts to Stage UK's First Survey of Abstract Expression in Six Decades" at ArtNet News. The exhibition, "Abstract Expressionism", opens September 24 and continues through January 2, 2017. Workshops and other special events are planned.

✦ Casey Lesser at ArtSy makes the case for art appreciation instruction for children. Read "How to Teach Your Children to Care About Art".

✦ Creative expression can defeat a sense of meaninglessness or hopelessness. Read the uplifting KCET feature on "Arts-in-Corrections: California's Creative Response to a Broken Prison System".

✦ English art critic and writer John Berger says artworks have both "lost and gained" because of the camera. Watch Episode 1 of Berger's Ways of Seeing at Art and Theology.

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