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In the Making

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From the first page to the last, from Thomas Kinkaid (really!) to Matthew Barney, this book serves as a launching pad. Conclusions are perpetually delayed. Resolutions are continually postponed. The text is written for takeoff, not arrival. It is a first step for readers' explorations of current modes of art making and for their own future artistic achievements. The much-a ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published July 2nd 2003 by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP)
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Apr 08, 2008 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
This book was not what I expected. The most interesting parts for me were the interviews; living artists discuss the economic and social choices and consequences of art-making in 2003. This information feels freshly revealed.

The essays vary, though. I was hoping for critical and contextual writings and was disappointed with how isolated each essay is in the context of the book, and how isolated each artist is presented as being. This made me occasionally distrustful of Weintraub's information a
Shannon Baxter
Oct 07, 2007 Shannon Baxter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: artists of any kind wishing to enrich their work
I love this book, unlike some of my more ridgedly minded classmates. It includes articles on 41 contemporary artists and their processes. There are six sections: Scoping an Audience, Sourcing Inspiration, Crafting an Artistic Self, Expressing an Artistic Attitude, Choosing a Mission, and Measuring Success. This book helped me to more clearly see the purpose and possibilities of art and that an artist is not limited to self-expression and superfluousness.
The perfect book for uber-hipster-poser-art-school-wannabes! But seriously, if you think the Guggenheim (any of them) have contemporary/edgy art, you should check this book out.
ah, art school. i actually read all of my art school text books, still have them, and still use them. this is one of the more useful books i own.
Megan Ashley
I will never get rid of this book. I have it from undergrad. It reminds me, among many things, the purposes for creating.
This is one of the most impressive collections of writings about contemporary art I have read to date.
I LOVE this book on contemporary artists. A wonderful intro to the current art world.
Variety of artists, but getting a little out of date.
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