Letters to a Young Artist

Letters to a Young Artist By Peter Nesbett Sarah Andress, This pocket sized book contains a collection of two dozen letters all commissioned from established artists to a fictitious young artist, a recent art school graduate who is struggling with the moral and practical implications of being an artist in New York The young artist asked a selection of his heroes, Is it possible to maintain one s integrity and freedom of thoThis pocket sized book contains a collection of two dozen letters all commissioned from established artists to a fictitious young artist, a recent art school graduate who is struggling with the moral and practical implications of being an artist in New York The young artist asked a selection of his heroes, Is it possible to maintain one s integrity and freedom of thought and still participate in the art world Responding artists including Gregory Amenoff, Jo Baer, John Baldessari, Jimmie Durham, Joan Jonas, Adrian Piper, William Pope Lawrence Weiner and Richard Tuttle wrote back with advice Gregory Amenoff Keep away from art fairs encouragement Joan Jonas The answer is the Work To Work To care about the Work and cautionary tales Adrian Piper Young artist, it is highly unlikely that you will be rewarded professionally for reaching this point Nor will it make you popular On the contrary you will develop a reputation for being difficult, uncooperative, inflexible, or even self destructive and treated or mistreated, or ostracized, or blacklisted accordingly Twelve of these letters were originally published in Art on Paper This book expands considerably upon that project.. Letters to a Young Artist This pocket sized book contains a collection of two dozen letters all commissioned from established artists to a fictitious young artist a recent art school graduate who is struggling with the moral

  • Title: Letters to a Young Artist
  • Author: Peter Nesbett Sarah Andress
  • ISBN: 9780977368006
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. A little context About a century ago, there was a correspondence between a student of a military academy and aspiring poet Franz Xaver Kappus with Rainer Maria Rilke, resulting in about ten letters They came from the same military academy, so they had to talk about than Rilke and his other young correspondents did Rilke was enrolled there at his father s whim after his mother had dressed him in girls clothes and called him Sophia for the entirety of his young life, but that s another story With [...]

    2. A light, assuring and interesting read which feels like an encouraging hug from someone who has walked the walk through the art world.

    3. Excellent This is a book intended for young artists currently enrolled or having just exited from MFA programs It s rare that you find yourself in the exact intended audience for a piece of writing that experience alone makes the reading worth it these are letters that are written literally to you The range of artists and practices covered by the donated letters here is interesting no mention is made as to how these individuals were selected, which makes the whole project a little mysterious, b [...]

    4. Letters to a Young Artist is quite a different book It s less of a book and of a compilation of works The book is full of letters, from artists all over the world, directed toward young aspiring artists, or really anyone with a passion The book has no single author for there is no story line It s complete with letters from 23 artist, from Yoko Ono, a famous artist and musician, to Stephen Shore, a well known american photographer The letters touch on topics such as what it means to be an artist [...]

    5. I read the book, Letters to a Young Artist, a collection of 23 letters written by famous artists as they write about their struggles, achievements, and the journey they took to get where they are People like Yoko Ono, William Pope.L, and the Guerrilla Girls all write to a fictional character, Young Artist, and try to teach the Young Artist ways to make it in the art world It was extraordinary to see all the different viewpoints each artist had and to see what advice they would give to a young ar [...]

    6. This one is a keeper, as in keep it in your purse, your bookbag, your car, anywhere where you need a book to remind you of the whole reason why you do art in the first place Some of the letters within are the kind of letters that change your entire life.

    7. Some of the best advice I d ever received even indirectly Find some way to give yourself a chance and time to experiment, take risks, play, fool around, even fail, before trying to launch a career.Had it come earlier, I could have listened.

    8. An inspirational read that helps give artist s guidance from many great mentors and reminds them they are not alone in the struggles they face There may not be one path to get to the finish line, but that s okay.

    9. I love this I want my kids to have the intuitive, inquisitive, and holistic mentality attributed to artists, whether they paint, kick things, or construct formulas and binary code I want my own copy of this.

    10. i loved the advice and words of wisdom and even the absurdity in these letters, i just wish there were of them.

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