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Book Picks: October

I’ve chosen five of my favorite books of recent memory, some art and some not, to talk about and bring attention to for October.

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon — Kleon’s straight to the point, honest guide for artists is basically that.  A no nonsense and short handbook that will help aspiring artists and inspire artists.

American Prospects by Joel Sternfeld — The photography of Sternfeld deals with the American landscape in a haunting, almost foreign light and this haunting sense of place creates immense emotion with the photographs.

Joel Sternfeld

Joel Sternfeld.

Defining Contemporary Art — The past 25 years in the art world are confusing, strange ones and this book wholeheartedly attempts to define them through a linear collection of 200 pieces of art.  Each year of the 25 years has an essay discussing it but the overall history is left to the reader to define.  I personally enjoyed it because of the artist profiles and the over 700 color plates.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — Not an art book but almost.  Powers’s melodic prose is the most artistically written book I’ve read since first picking up Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Painting, Musee d’Orsay — Presents 300 works of art from Musee d’Orsay in chronological (1848 - 1914) and thematic order. Features some of the best reproductions of artwork I’ve ever come across in a book.  

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