What can we learn from great artists? When we hold their practices up to the light, what do we see – and how can those encounters reshape our own thinking about art? Art Rules by American cultural critic Cassie Packard delves into the attitudes, working methods and mantras of artists from the eighteenth century to the present day, distilling over 100 insights into the lives of artists inside and out. This book asks: How do artists think about creativity? What forms can the process take? How can artists create a personal definition of success?
Drawing on art historical research and artist interviews, the available takeaways on the various practices of these virtuosos pack a punch. This lively compendium offers a wealth of perspectives from an international, cross-generational group of artists working across media.
Art history 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 emerging artists such as Emilie Louise Gossiaux and Madeline Hollander.
Some of the insights may seem more practical, while others trend conceptual; some may reveal existing knowledge, while others may come as a surprise. Art Rules allows readers to either dive in at random or read cover to cover for lessons in how great artists think, make and work.
Cassie Packard is a Brooklyn-based writer and cultural critic with bylines in several publications, including Art in America, Artforum, ArtReview, BOMB, frieze, Hyperallergic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She has contributed to art books and catalogs and has received numerous grants.
Dimensions: 20.6 x 16 x 2.3
Author: Cassie Packard