Grayson Perry reflects on contemporary art, discussing its evolution and final purpose in a work claiming that anybody can have a life in the arts – Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

Grayson Perry, Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood Published 2014 by Particular Books (Penguin), 136p I decided to read Playing to the Gallery hoping to find an answer to a common situation when I walk in a contemporary art museum, I wander around and I realize that some… Continue reading Grayson Perry reflects on contemporary art, discussing its evolution and final purpose in a work claiming that anybody can have a life in the arts – Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

Jazz by Henri Matisse: the painter’s final tribute to colours, a collection of cut-outs that captures Matisse’s sensibility and his fascination with both form and meaning

Henri Matisse, Jazz Published 1992 by George Braziller, 96p. Text translated by Sophie Hawkes   Jazz is rhythm and meaning. Henri Matisse Icarus found his death disobeying his father’s warning and going too close to the sun. The light and the beauty of the star absorbed him and Icarus tried the impossible, aiming to reach… Continue reading Jazz by Henri Matisse: the painter’s final tribute to colours, a collection of cut-outs that captures Matisse’s sensibility and his fascination with both form and meaning

The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Patricia MacLachlan, The Iridescence of Birds. A Book About Henri Matisse. Pictures by Hadley Hooper Printed 2014 by Roaring Brook Press, 40p   Matisse first started to paint in his early twenties during a period of convalescence when his mother brought him paint supplies but his formation as an artist had actually begun many years… Continue reading The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Linnea in Monet’s Garden – a beautiful art lesson on Impressionism, Claude Monet and his paintings

Christina Björk, Linnea in Monet’s Garden. Drawings by Lena Anderson Published 1987 by R&S Books. Originally published in Swedish in 1985 by Rabén & Sjögren, 52p. Translated by Joan Sandin   Although Linnea was born in 1985, I am sure the new generations of children will still find inspiration in her behavior and preoccupations. I… Continue reading Linnea in Monet’s Garden – a beautiful art lesson on Impressionism, Claude Monet and his paintings

Salvador Dali: a surrealist in art and in his own life. Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae explore Dali’s eccentricities, artistic tendencies and personal struggles in an engaging biography

Catherine Ingram, This is Dali. Illustrations by Andrew Rae Published 2014 by Laurence King Publishing, 80p   Salvador Dali was an eccentric, an unconventional man both in his art and personal life style. Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing… Continue reading Salvador Dali: a surrealist in art and in his own life. Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae explore Dali’s eccentricities, artistic tendencies and personal struggles in an engaging biography

Chip Kidd demonstrates that first impressions count, that we do judge a book by its covers and that we need both clarity and mystery in our lives

Chip Kidd, Judge This Published 2015 by Simon & Schuster, 134p   Chip Kidd is a master of book design. His portfolio includes book covers for Haruki Murakami, Oliver Sacks, John Updike, Orhan Pamuk, Elie Wiesel and Boy George to name only a few and also the well-known cover for Jurassic Park. As all stories… Continue reading Chip Kidd demonstrates that first impressions count, that we do judge a book by its covers and that we need both clarity and mystery in our lives

Maira Kalman on life, identity and happiness in a magnificent book that praises joie de vivre

Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty Published 2007 by Penguin Books, 326p   I have discovered Maira Kalman when I read The Illustrated Elements of Style, a guide to writing style. As a non-native English speaker I often have the concern that I may make terrible mistakes when writing or speaking so I still have… Continue reading Maira Kalman on life, identity and happiness in a magnificent book that praises joie de vivre