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A treasure trove of art
on 22 December 2012
"In My View" consists of pieces by 78 different artists, working in all media, describing a work or artist that has affected or influenced them. Each artist is given a couple of pages to explain their choice, and the pieces are beautifully illustrated on matt paper with reproductions of their chosen works. These reproductions are sometimes accompanied by pictures of the author's own work which enable allusions and influence to be seen.
I loved picking up this book and becoming immersed in the various artists. Almost all the authors had interesting and insightful things to say and I was introduced to art and artists I was unfamiliar with as well as gaining new insights into familiar works. The list of wonderful works I could mention is very long, but I particularly enjoyed reading about 'The Race Track' by Albert Pinkham Ryder (chosen by Susan Hiller), Armando Reveron's 'White Landscape' (chosen by Allora and Calzadilla), and Rousseau's unsettling painting 'Old Junier's Cart', fascinatingly analysed by Danish Artist Tal R.
As well as paintings this book also covers sculptures, photographs, installations, and architecture. Some of the works described now exist only in photographs and others have only been encountered by the authors in art books; this prompts wider reflections on the way in which we first encounter certain works and how our own history and experiences influences our reception.
In conclusion, this book is an absolute treat and I would recommend it to anyone interested in art and appreciative of stimulating writing.