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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581156669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581156669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A first-hand account of the essentials of the creative process, written in a indomitable and penetrating voice and style." (Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder, MIT Media Lab ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Wendy Richmond is a visual artist, writer, and educator whose work explores issues of personal privacy, technology, and creativity in contemporary culture. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Richmond received her Master's degree from New York University. Her teaching experience includes MIT, International Center of Photography, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she co-created courses in expression and media. She is author of Design & Technology: Erasing the Boundaries and overneath, a collaboration of photography and dance. She also has a regular column in the design industry magazine Communication Arts. Richmond lives in New York City.

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Wendy Richmond is a visual artist, writer and educator whose work explores issues of personal privacy, technology, and creativity in contemporary culture. With a background in fine arts, design and dance, Richmond began mixing traditional media with new technology at MIT's Visible Language Workshop. She collaborated with programmers to develop pioneering work with interactive books at MIT's Media Lab, and co-founded the Design Lab at WGBH in Boston. Her teaching experience includes MIT, International Center of Photography, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education where she co-created courses in media and expression.

Richmond is a contributing editor at Communications Arts magazine; her regular column "Design Culture" began in 1984. She is the author of Design & Technology: Erasing the Boundaries and overneath, a collaboration of photography and dance. Her new book Art without Compromise* is published by Allworth Press.

Richmond is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a LEF Foundation grant, the Hatch Award for Creative Excellence, and numerous art and design awards. Richmond's exhibition "Public Privacy: Wendy Richmond's Surreptitious Cellphone" was first shown at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and was featured in the New York Times. It was also presented at the International Association of Privacy Summit in Washington, DC and Carroll and Sons in Boston.

Richmond's most recent body of work, "Overheard," was commissioned as an installation by the University of California San Diego. Richmond invited media artist/interaction designer Michael Chladil to collaborate, and they developed an interactive installation of sound, sight, and physicality. Richmond is also collaborating on an interdisciplinary theater work in New York titled "Talk Soon."

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I know I will re-read this book many, many times.
Suzanne Mccaffrey
Wendy Richmond brings a fresh, contemporary and honest perspective to the making of art.
W. Glenn Griffin
Your book is wonderful, smart, concise, inspiring and even sassy.
Simon Toparovsky

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Toparovsky on January 10, 2010
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I'm reading it for the second of the next hundred times. Like Roland Barthes, it will be a touchstone at critical moments forever. Thank you. There are so many resonances, things to and with which we connect-- history, place, chosen environments. Your book is wonderful, smart, concise, inspiring and even sassy. I selfishly can't imagine anyone who could appreciate it more. That said, I'm sure it will influence all the best souls.
Truth spoken to those excited about celebrating truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. B. on November 9, 2009
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This book is an important resource for artists. Read it cover to cover or skip around and focus on different chapters. Either way it provides new ways to look at your work, its context and content. It will make you think, and then push your art-making forward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Hodara on October 30, 2009
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this book will challenge you to think differently and more deeply about the work you do, the life you lead, and the world you inhabit on a daily basis. an invigorating read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Silas on January 1, 2010
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Wendy Richmond's art is both a reflection of our social selves in the public sphere and a practice filled with the formal beauty that comes with years of working and thinking about art making. Her book, "Art Without Compromise", is a primer for artists and designers with insights for anyone interested in the arts but its spirit of generosity is what sets it apart from other books of its kind. Wendy Richmond is an artist, a teacher, and a writer. There is an openness and respect for the work of others that is uncommon in the artworld; a serious consideration of peers and of students alike. The book covers a surprising amount of ground looking at the creative process, at the intersection of contemporary art and technology, at cross disciplinary collaboration. In its role as primer it is filled with useful information, practical, theoretical, conversational. But again, it is the spirit of the book and Ms. Richmond's engagement that we care about most. There is a commitment to art making and to visual art in particular. There is a great chapter on the subject of visual thinking and a consideration of why visual thinking is a second class citizen in the United States. There is a voice that encourages artists to allow themselves the time and space to develop their own vision and to trust their own notions of what is important. This is not a utopian voice but the voice of someone who has worked in the commercial world and who understands the pressures exerted on artists to compromise and to second guess. It is a book that considers authenticity as subject matter but describes authenticity best by way of example.
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A book with great insight into the process of making art and the things that keep us from making art. There are many gems that you read and go "Aha! That's me - I do that all the time." As they say in most addiction treatment modalities, recognizing the problem is half the battle. This book was a great mirror to my creative self and my creative blocks and was a source of comfort and inspiration. It is good to know that we are not the only ones that struggle with the creative process. But it is also wonderful to see other ways to expand your creative process. Shedding the cloak of self reprisal for our ideas and processes is a wonderful lesson. It is all too difficult to do, but again, recognizing this is the first step to changing it. This isn't a book about a formulaic way to make art, but a book about finding your own inner warrior and embracing and accepting your own individual creative processes. It is also a book about looking outside yourself and inside yourself at the same time to find your creative process. Consume this book. Digest it. Ruminate on its ideas and its lessons. And if you allow yourself to embrace these lessons, you will become the artist you want to be.
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By DM in SF on August 3, 2010
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I'm an artist who's been struggling with my work a bit lately. Feeling a bit isolated and tired, I needed a jump-start. This book was exactly what I was looking for. It was enjoyable, intelligent, thought-provoking, and inspiring. I'm going to read it again and give it to every other artist I know.
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By Julie Weinstein on August 2, 2010
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I'm not an artist, though I do some writing. Nevertheless, this book changed the way I look at the world, opened my eyes and my thought processes, allowed me to see how I might see and do things differently in my life and my own field. Art has to engage the public, and the public is very different now in this age of technology. Wendy Richmond takes her wealth of knowledge (of art as well as history and literature) to really look at the world from both global and very minute and personal perspectives. What is art now? How incorporate technology to make art that allows you to maintain your artistic integrity, vision, and skills, yet also engages? Richmond clearly loves looking and thinking about everything, and her writing is engaging in the way of a great and intimate conversation.
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By Jeanne L. Dunn on May 5, 2010
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I love it! I find the writing personal, to the point, helpful to all artists and designers, and an insightful companion to one's daily trials in the field of creative work. I am so glad that Richmond wrote this!
-Jeanne Dunn, artist and lecturer
San Diego, CA
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