History & Criticism

Book Details

Author : David Bayles,Ted Orland
Category : History & Criticism,History & Criticism
Formats : Paperback,Paperback,MP3 CD,Paperback,Audio CD,Paperback,Paperback,Paperback,Audio CD,Paperback,Library Binding,Audible Audiobook,Paperback,Kindle Edition,Paperback
Languages : English
Pages : 122
Price : $12.95
PublishDate : 2001-04-01
ReleaseDate : None

Book Summary & Description

  • This Is A Book About Making Art.

  • Ordinary Art.

  • Ordinary Art Means Something Like: All Art Not Made By Mozart.

  • After All, Art Is Rarely Made By Mozart-Like People; Essentially—Statistically Speaking—There Arent Any People Like That.

  • Geniuses Get Made Once-A-Century Or So, Yet Good Art Gets Made All The Time, So To Equate The Making Of Art With The Workings Of Genius Removes This Intimately Human Activity To A Strangely Unreachable And Unknowable Place.

  • For All Practical Purposes Making Art Can Be Examined In Great Detail Without Ever Getting Entangled In The Very Remote Problems Of Genius.—-From The Introductionart & Fear Explores The Way Art Gets Made, The Reasons It Often Doesnt Get Made, And The Nature Of The Difficulties That Cause So Many Artists To Give Up Along The Way.

  • The Books Co-Authors, David Bayles And Ted Orland, Are Themselves Both Working Artists, Grappling Daily With The Problems Of Making Art In The Real World.

  • Their Insights And Observations, Drawn From Personal Experience, Provide An Incisive View Into The World Of Art As It Is Expeienced By Artmakers Themselves.This Is Not Your Typical Self-Help Book.

  • This Is A Book Written By Artists, For Artists -— Its About What It Feels Like When Artists Sit Down At Their Easel Or Keyboard, In Their Studio Or Performance Space, Trying To Do The Work They Need To Do.

  • First Published In 1994, Art & Fear Quickly Became An Underground Classic.

  • Word-Of-Mouth Response Alone—Now Enhanced By Internet Posting—Has Placed It Among The Best-Selling Books On Artmaking And Creativity Nationally.Art & Fear Has Attracted A Remarkably Diverse Audience, Ranging From Beginning To Accomplished Artists In Every Medium, And Including An Exceptional Concentration Among Students And Teachers.

  • The Original Capra Press Edition Of Art & Fear Sold 80,000 Copies.An Excerpt:Today, More Than It Was However Many Years Ago, Art Is Hard Because You Have To Keep After It So Consistently.

  • On So Many Different Fronts.

  • For So Little External Reward.

  • Artists Become Veteran Artists Only By Making Peace Not Just With Themselves, But With A Huge Range Of Issues.

  • You Have To Find Your Work…

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I received my commercial art/graphic arts degree and even though I did not stay in my field (I hated desktop publishing, and would rather create fine art), this book has been of great help to me in pursuing art as a hobby and just for fun.It’s still true, outside of the nurturing environment of art academia, the level of disinterest in art, and the artist’s particular work, is a sobering blow to the artist’s sense of direction and self worth.Hip-hop culture, outsider art, and new media forms are not examined by these authors, but I enjoyed this observation: Today artists often back away from engaging the times and places of their life, choosing instead the largely intellectual challenge of engaging the times and places of Art.As is common, it’s loaded with adages about how art is made by people who make art, not people who stop and how hard work is hard to distinguish from talent, and that most artists feel like frauds, but none of that struck me as anything special.

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