Take your own sweet time. Peruse. Investigate. Gaze, fully and deeply.
There is no substitute for an unfiltered viewing of a work of art. The encounter between the viewer and the object is personal and unmatched. Does it grab your attention? Are you compelled to look and not, merely, glance? Excited, indifferent, pleased or repulsed we cannot help but to respond to works of art.
A book extends the viewing of art by extending the viewer’s knowledge. Here is an opportunity to understand the evolution of the artist and gain more insight into the workings of the work. In addition to biographical material, there may be essays and commentary that place the work in its historical context.
After decades of working, after innumerable exhibits and shows an artist builds a body of work that is a healthy representation of their artistic output. At various phases of a career an artist monograph, a book containing images of the artist’s works, may be produced. Once an artist is nearing the end of their productive years a Catalogue raisonné, consisting of all of the known works by the artist, just might be published. You can search under Catalogue raisonné in The Seattle Public Library catalog for a listing of the library’s holdings.
What draws you to a work of art? Does knowing more about the artist enhance or detract from your experience of their work? Why is this artist compelling to you? How do you experience the work, its depths, surfaces, dimensions and presentation? The studied peering of the onlooker is singular, even in a crowd.
Works of art have the ability to pull you across a room. Planted before their constructed presence, the experience of an art object is less cerebral and more intuitive. Pay attention to what attracts your attention because we mean to draw you in! There are countless, ok not countless, but mucho many books of art exhibitions to keep your head turning for a long time.
Experience the abstraction of Alma Thomas, John Salminen’s luminous urban paintings and Ethan Murrow’s daring drawings. Investigate the shapes that form the Sculpture of Ruth Asawa and Shinique Smith’s Wonder and Rainbows. Get inside of Marie Watt’s Lodge. Take yourself out for a spin in John Baeder’s Road Well Taken. Are you a bad dad? Well, go daddy! Wes Anderson’s Bad Dads is the book for you!
Get serious, be irreverent or just plain exploratory. Be a witness to some visual wonder, get your eyeballs in motion and look at art. Check out the resource list Eyes on Art: Art Exhibitions!
~ posted by Chris