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101 Things to Learn in Art School Hardcover – August 19, 2011
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This small book, just 6 inches square, excels in presenting ideas that both artists and designers, at all stages of their careers, cannot be reminded of too often.(Interior Design)
Kit White's 101 Things to Learn in Art School is a delight…Anyone who has ever visited an art museum, made art, or read about it could learn something from this little book.(Beth Williamson Cassone)
There cannot be a better, smarter manual for anyone crazy enough to want to become a visual artist, or for the encouraging and/or bewildered loved ones of such a person.(Kurt Anderson Studio 360 Blog)
Everyone craves useful wisdom, right? Especially when they're young, and even more especially if they want to become one of those modern alchemists known as visual artists. Well, here it is: page for impeccably crafted page, the best, most thoughtful and lucid primer available for any young (or old) would-be maker of art.(Kurt Andersen, novelist, Heyday, Turn of the Century and public radio host, Studio 360)
Kit White gives us a 'manual' in every sense of the word, a lifetime of art-making condensed into 101 cogent maxims that fit in the hand of the aspiring artist.(Wendy Steiner, author of The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art)
There is a great myth that somehow rules constrain creativity. With grace and wit, Kit White's new book dismantles this received idea, and many others along the way. If the cardinal rule of writing is 'show, don't tell,' Kit White has done exactly that -- he shows us what art-making is by example as much as through the rich content of this incisive book.(Polly Apfelbaum, Artist)
About the Author
Kit White is an artist and Professor of Painting at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Guggenheim Museum.
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Art is the product of process. Whether conceptual, experimental, emotional, or formal, the process you develop yields the image you produce. The materials you choose, the methods of production, and the sources of the images should all reflect the interests that command your attention. The process does not stop with each work completed. It is ongoing. The cumulative result of that process is a body of work.
Art is a continuing dialogue that stretches back through thousands of years. What you make is your contribution to that dialogue. Therefore, be conscious of what has come before you and the conversation that surrounds you. Try not to repeat what has already been said. Study art history and stay alert to the dialogue of your moment.
Complexity derives from the presence of contradiction. The world is not simple. It is rife with complexity. the impulse to eliminate the contradictions that create complexity is natural. But to simplify may be to render a false condition and therefore an incomplete description.Read more ›
Our local art museum sets up drawing seats with for patrons on Friday nights & Sunday afternoons -- as a result of reading this book (with its emphasis on drawing), we started going to the museum for that in the New Year.
In form, these lessons seem to come from a long tradition of recently recovered thoughts from an old zen master, and indeed the author draws from some ancient practices. Most have a crisp contemporary feel to them. The lessons can apply to writing as well.
Last but not least, I love the smooth and glossy black hard jacket with the frame in the middle. Very catchy, very classy.
A great book for artists and art lovers.
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Thoughtful. Less technical and more philosophical for sure. I will probably refer back to it from time to time when I need to think more about the why, and less about the how.Published 6 months ago by Emerald
I wish I read this book in college, but reading it now is not too late.Published 9 months ago by Mingyang Sun
Fantastic book, which is both about learning art, but at the same time is about Life!Published 11 months ago by Ilze Jurkane