Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art Paperback – July 2, 2003
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I'm being forced to read this book for a class and I'm finding it incredibly torturous. Despite that, I'm going to struggle to keep my emotions out of this review.
The Preface of this book begins with questions:
"Why am I an artist? Who is my audience? How can I communicate with this audience? What is art's function in society?"
As a fledgling artist myself I have found myself asking these questions often. I know that there are no answers and I didn't expect this book to provide any. But I thought this book would at least probe and examine these questions. I had my hopes up that this thick text would provide some meaningful insights that would expand my knowledge, change my perspectives, and maybe even tell me how flat-out wrong some of my assumptions are.
Boy, was I disappointed.
Past the introduction, Weintraub, the author, ceases to ask anything. In fact, there is hardly any investigation into any of these questions period.
There is no critical thinking. There are no references to contemporary theorists or philosophers. Instead, the book is composed entirely of articles about contemporary artists who are meant to illustrate various strategies for tackling these problems. For example, to answer the question "who is my audience?" there is an article about Thomas Kinkade as an example of someone who makes "art-for-all."
But once you start reading the articles, the questions fly out the window. Instead, each article reads like an extended press release. The artists' works are written about in superlative, round-about ways.Read more ›
For me, this book is an incredibly insightful and inspirational read. It shows tons of different approaches to art, not in a didactic manner or 'how-to'way but simply by showing what different bodies of work are about, and how they function. Questions such as 'for how large an audience should you want to be working' are answered not by giving a figure but by showing various possible relations an artist can have with his or her audiences and how the nature of the relationship they choose to build affects their work.
the essays are short, but long enough to get to the point.Each essay can be seen both as a case study for aspiring artists and as an introduction into contemporary practice for any interested reader. There are a lots of good fullcolor photograps added to the text.
The small interviews printed next to the essays hold a lot of insightful information on the more practical side of being an artist - for instance how important do you perceive your location to be, how is your income built up and so on (these interviews take up a lot less space). Totally recommended, i don't know of any book quite like this. I go through it very often.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading this book was very difficult. But over all the mass amount of information is very useful and I love how unique all the artists are.Published 15 months ago by Josh
She covers many different art styles and artists from all over the world. Fun to read and covers many perspectives and nuances of the art world. :)Published on November 13, 2013 by Daniela
This book was pretty interesting. It was basically a run-down of all the contemporary artists working in today's art scene. It was interesting to learn about them. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Ashley
This may seem like a minor detail, but this text is full of unusually colored text which is challenging to read at times. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Scott Taylor
A very interesting read for anyone wishing to learn about the arts. Has several interesting subjects and is laid out in an easy to read manner.Published on April 25, 2013 by Rev
This was used as a textbook for a class that I took. I strongly agree with the other negative reviewer of this book. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Ska
Hi, I returned this book almost 3 weeks ago and haven't recieved a refund yet? Could you please elxplain why and get back to my emails?
Weintraub has done the footwork here--for a lot of people that would read her book. She demonstrates her curious mind and is able to convert that into a series of reviews of what... Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by alex israel
This book was reccomended by tutors as one of three books to buy at the start of our Fine Art degree course. Read morePublished on January 6, 2007 by Scribe