Hope you’re good and that you are enjoying 2019!
Here are a few recommendations for your consideration if you’re looking for some art related entertainment to kick off your year:
Summer Selection at Australian Galleries
28 and 35 Derby Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
Until 19 February 2019
A group exhibition of works by Australian Galleries artists
Mirka Mora: Pas De Deux – Drawings and Dolls at Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105 Australia
Until 24 March 2019
An exhibition commemorating the life and work of Australian artist Mirka Mora which is nothing short of amazing.
Anna Boghiguian at Tate St Ives
St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG UK
8 February – 6 May 2019
This retrospective exhibition is on the dream list (if only I could transport myself to the UK à la Star Trek!).
Books − creativity / businessy stuff
The dancing queen of routine gives you the low down on being productive.
A text book on how to get your arse into gear and make a living as an artist.
A mix of memoir and instruction this is a candid, enjoyable, useful read.
Books − contemporary art and art history
Only recently finished this book and I savoured every word. It is a beautifully written sharing of the ups and downs encountered when choosing to take a new direction in life.
Every book I’ve read written by Martin Gayford I have thoroughly relished, and this one is about some of my favourite artists making it all the more riveting.
Abstract Expressionism has always been of interest to me (especially the work of Helen Frankenthaler), and this book is extremely enlightening.
Books − artists work
Kiki Smith: Prints, Books and Things by Wendy Weitman
Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2003-04 − be sure to check out the accompanying website for the show.
Kerry James Marshall by Charles Gaines, Laurence Rassel and Greg Tate
As Sasha Grishin describes it, this is a “how Fogwell did it book”. Absolutely fabulous.
Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World directed by Barry Avrich
A tantalising / tormenting exposé depending on your vantage point!
Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists directed by Leslie Buchbinder
Love!!! As well here is a link to a clip of artist Jim Nutt talking and painting.
You can also watch a short doco about my work if you’ve got 22 minutes to spare.
Maria Stoljar asks Australian painters all you ever wanted to know in a relaxed conversational way, and the show notes for this podcast are excellent.
Artists Helping Artists hosted by Leslie Saeta
Almost a decade of AHA episodes to scour for ideas about art marketing as well as plenty of interviews with artists (with a particular focus on plein air painters). Leslie Saeta is always accompanied by a co-host making this an informal yet informative style podcast.
As Tom Gerrard is an artist himself he is great at squeezing out as much info possible from his diverse range of creative guests.
Here’s just a handful of the engaging artists I follow:
And you can follow me on Insta too – @ronagreenart
“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”
If you happen to be a bit of a bookworm, like myself, you are always on the look out for the next good read.
So, I thought I’d share with you some interesting books that I discovered during the past year.
A rollicking read! John Waters – film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector – is also a fan. In Role Models, Waters profiles and ponders upon a host of his most beloved sub and pop culture idols, in his own particular way.
Take a wild and crazy ride through the life of performer Jayne (aka Wayne) County, through her own eyes. Jayne is definitely a character, entertainly revealing the difficulties of her early days to eventually rubbing shoulders with celebrities around the globe in a quest for fame, fortune, and fun times.
This is an exceptional publication. Insight into an artists practice is such a treat, and this book does especially well in conveying process pictorially and through written word. If you are an admirer of Bacon, as I am, it is a must add to your collection.
My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box by Deirdre Gogarty with Darrelyn Saloom
Deirdre Gogarty tells of her childhood struggles, then how she had to overcome many obstacles as an adult, in order to become not only Ireland’s first female professional boxer but the Women’s Featherweight World Champion. I’m a fight fan and loved her story, though anyone will be able to relate to the effort required to reach a goal.
I’d not previously been super keen of Fischl’s paintings but had this autobiography recommended to me. Its content was a pleasant surprise, and I particularly appreciated the artists candid discussion of insecurities about his work and career. Not having prior knowledge about Fischl’s private life I found his book engrossing.
Quiet is quite the compelling read. In a nutshell it examines how introversion is underrated by society at large, and contemplates the value of introversion in a range of contexts and situations.
Hockney: Printmaker by Richard Lloyd
David Hockney is one of my all time favourite artists. So, needless to say, as soon as this book focussing on his prints came to my attention it was a must have. The catalogue is a fascinating overview of Hockney’s intensely dedicated investigation of numerous printmaking techniques.
Do you have a good read suggestion? Please share by leaving a comment.
Wishing you all the very best for a fun and rewarding 2015!