To follow are a selection of books and articles I’ve read over Unit 2.
Other reading on top of this would include articles from AbCrit https://abcrit.org/about/ always a good read and if you’re not careful you find yourself hopping across articles and getting ever deeper into different discourses on Abstract Art.
Included in my reading list are the RA and Tate Magazines as well as Art Quarterly, articles downloaded such as What is Wabi Sabi – a subject recommended to research. I liked the article by Gill Crabbe for the RA Magazine, on Mindfulness. In which she takes the ‘trendy’ ‘mindful’ concept and puts it in the context of the abstract art world. Worth trying next time you go to an exhibition!
The books I found the most useful and extremely interesting were:
White by Kenya Hara… beautiful book in thought, content and presentation
Wired to Create… Fascinating book that looks into the ‘messy’ minds of creative people from Picasso to Kant and more.
Typography by Emil Ruder… Thoughtful analysis of typrography and design that is still as relevant today as it was when it was first printed.
The Fold by Deleuze… I read three quarters of it and struggled to get my head around his words. However, I can see it’s a book to come back to.
Robert Kudielka on Bridget Riley – Essays and interviews 1972 – 2003… I reallly enjoyed this book. Great to hear Riley’s thoughts on her work and Kudielka’s analysis of it.
On Line – Drawing through the twentieth century… still reading and find it very interesting.
Drawing by Philip Rawson – interesting section on ‘Blobs’. ‘The blob is a mark in which chance plays the dominating part. In the Western seventeenth-century chiaroscuro style tonal density is related to shadow, and one would always expect a tonal blob to be intimately connected with a ‘shadow-hole’ in the surface of the drawing’.