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It's our favourite Friday in September; iiiit's Culture Night! Tonight, Friday 21 September, the gallery will stay open until 10pm (the shop until 9:45pm) to host its Culture Night events. Come. On. Down.
To celebrate we've compiled a list of light Culture Night reading, not only about art, artists and art movements, but about how we approach, interpret and enjoy them.
Well they aren't 'light' per se, but 'light' does rhyme with 'night' and that's poetry, and poetry is culture.
1. Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art by Michael Findlay (€26.50); a book designed to give you confidence in your own opinion on art.
"After reading this book, even the most intimidated art viewer will enter a museum or gallery feeling more confident and leave feeling enriched and inspired."
sound good? you can get your copy here
2. 100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists selected by Alex Danchev (€15.30)
The 20th century saw the eruption of modernism and groundbreaking movements in art. These manifestos will help guide you through perhaps the most fast-paced period in the history of art.
3. About Looking by John Berger (€11.75)
Berger's work tends to question our role as observers; the way we look at art, and in doing so, reveals new layers of meaning in what we see. A great book for people who want to inform and enrich their enjoyment of art.
4. Art is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists from Phaidon (€17.60)
This is an insightful collection of quotations to help us understand the lens through which some prominent artists, sculptors and photographers see the world and how it informs their work.
5. What is Painting by Julian Bell (€30)
"At the turn of the twenty-first century, many felt sceptical or confused about painting's on-going cultural relevance. In this context, Julian Bell's What is Painting? provided an accessible and inspired account of artist thinking and practice, and of the complexities then facing artists and their audience."
A great read from 1999; a time when the future of painting as a medium was unclear.
book of the week #32
This week's book of the week is People Like Me by Senator Lynn Ruane which was released this week. The memoir documents Ruane's childhood growing up in Tallaght, her turbulent adolescence and her unusual journey to bringing a fresh voice to the Seanad. On writing her own biography, she says: "I was afraid of people taking my life, my past, how certain things happen in a community and misrepresenting them through me...We don't often get the chances to tell our stories and to shape our own narratives." We really cannot wait to read it!
** Each week there is a new book of the week, as well as the previous week's title, both of which are on sale with 10% off for their fortnight in the spotlight. Offer available online & in-store! **
last week's book of the week was Tangleweed & Brine by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated Karen Vaughan.
see you next week!