Art Parks: A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens

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Francesca Cigola’s new guide to Sculpture parks and gardens in the U.S. (scheduled for publication this June) overlaps a bit with the ISC’s own 2008 Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks, but the content and strategy of the two books is very different. Art Parks is a genuine guidebook (with a portable but sturdy “flexibind” cover), though arranged thematically more than geographically, with generous photos and short descriptions of each park. Landscapes for Art was not intended to be a guidebook, but instead an exploration of the history and significance of the sculpture park “movement,” told in kaleidoscopic form in 48 short articles that focus on individual parks around the world or tendencies among the parks that emphasize modern and contemporary art. Continue reading

Art Marketing 101: An Artist’s Guide to a Succesful Business Plan

Art Marketing 101: An Artist’s Guide to a Succesful Business Plan 192 pages $19.95 Penn Valley, CA: ArtNetwork, 2013 ISBN: 978-0940899-80-3

Constance Smith’s Art Marketing 101 is now in its 4th edition (just released in March). The book is structured like a workbook, walking the beginning artist through “Business Basics,” “Legal Issues,” “Strategies,” “Networking,” “Exposure,”  and “Strategic Planning,”  with spaces for the reader’s responses to specific questions and to broader planning suggestions. It leads directly to the same publisher’s Advanced Strategies for Marketing Art, dealing with the subject in more concrete terms, such as where to market. Continue reading

The Art Life: On Creativity and Career

Stuart Horodner’s new book, The Art Life, is not exactly an art book, not exactly career advice, not exactly a guide to creativity, and not exactly a dictionary of quotations: but it’s a combination of all those things. In 12 chapters and an introduction, Horodner’s preface lays out the trajectory of his own career (he’s now the Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center), and in the introduction, he says that the “various opinions revealed within these pages might serve as a compass for orienting yourself as you deal with the practical and philosophical matters that shape every art life.” That is, not just artists but everyone involved in the various branches of the art world. He also states explicitly that this is not “a guide to professional practices. It will not tell you if or how to approach galleries or where to apply for funding.”

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Art Spaces Directory

The foreword by Lisa Phillips, Director of the New Museum, explains the scope of this huge publication by the museum (in collaboration with Art Asia Pacific magazine and the Museum as Hub initiative) in connection with its recent “The Ungovernables” exhibition, for which Eungie Joo was the curator. The book contains essays by Victor Albarracin, Elaine W. Ng, Reem Fadda, Naiza H. Kahn, transit.org, and Catalina Lozano, and a conversation with Christine Tohme and Stefan Kalmár, but most importantly it includes single-page descriptions of 400 art spaces in 96 countries, arranged by regions. These art spaces are, as Phillips points out, “crucial venues to foster communities as well as platforms for younger artists.”

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Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures

Heroic Africans is the book form of the catalogue for an exhibition of the same title that launched at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and will travel to the Retberg Museum in Zurich later this year. The book is an amazing window on an aspect of African sculpture that is too little recognized, portraiture (in particular, portraits of famous individuals). As such, author LaGamma uses the text to explore both the meaning of the fame or significance of individuals within African cultures and the sculpture itself as an art form.

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Sol LeWitt: Structures 1965–2006

This book, based on a posthumous exhibition presented by the Public Art Fund in New York City, surveys the three-dimensional work of Sol LeWitt, better known for Conceptual works and wall paintings. There are essays by the primary contributor, Nicholas Baume, as well as Jonathan Flatley, Rachel Haidu Anna Lovatt, Joe Madura, and Kirsten Swenson, as well as an interview that Baume conducted with the artist in 2000.

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Practical Sculpture: A Workshop Manual

The late Sally Hersh was a stone sculptor originally know for portrait heads but later for other forms of sculpture and for her teaching career in France and the U.K.  Her book,  finished shortly before her death, was her reaction to seeing many “how to” books on sculpture that left large gaps in the processes of carving and modeling.

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