It Speaks to Me: Art That Inspires Artists (Hardback)
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It Speaks to Me: Art That Inspires Artists (Hardback)

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Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 28/05/2019
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Imagine your favorite artist leading you through a museum to the very work of art they can't stop thinking about. That's the experience at the heart of It Speaks to Me. In lively and intimate interviews, some of today's most acclaimed artists share the compelling details that make an artwork memorable and meaningful to them. Together these artists bring to life a wide range of museum pieces, from celebrated masterpieces to little-known gems, or from a Rembrandt self-portrait to a social- protest drawing. In the process they remind us of why we look at art at all: to share in the spark of creativity that can jump from an artwork across countries and centuries and to experience the extraordinary sensation of being inspired. Highlights include: David Hockney on Edgar Degas, Marina Abramovic on Umberto Boccioni, Ai Weiwei on a Shang Dynasty jade, Nick Cave on Jasper Johns, Judy Chicago on Agnes Pelton, William Kentridge on Antoine Bourdelle, Luc Tuymans on Jan van Eyck, and Gillian Wearing on Rembrandt.

Publisher: Prestel
ISBN: 9783791356594
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 249 x 201 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An argument for why art museums matter" -New York Magazine

"In her sparkling new book, It Speaks to Me, Finkel speaks to acclaimed artists from diverse mediums, styles, and nations about specific works of art that had unique impacts on their own creative development...The book is must-read material for anyone interested in how art history shapes itself across time, place, and the lives of individuals."-L.A. Weekly

"Arts writer Finkel offers an idiosyncratic and entertaining tour of works that have inspired artists in this winning compilation of intimate interviews. This thoughtful work makes artistry accessible and also serves as an educational tool for those interested in exploring art and those who create it." -Publishers Weekly

"The artists in It Speaks To Me explore the insistent pull of objects on the self and soul, one the "art curious" can experience right alongside art professionals. Finkel's excellent book, neither full of jargon nor dumbed down, speaks persuasively to both."-Hyperallergic

"These comments will, no doubt, come in handy for critics and art historians who need to explain artists' working methods, ideas and borrowings, and will be helpful to readers who want insight into the works." -The Art Newspaper

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