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5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctuary Britains Artists and their Studios
Sanctuary Britains Artists and their Studios is one heavyweight of an art book. The book weighs in at nearly six hundred pages and covers a wide range of British artists from Auerbach to Emin. To mention every artist and good point about this book would take forever. It is very comprehensive, so will stay fresh for a long time as the reader endeavours to read each profile...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Strangely disappointing - none of the excitement of Private View (1965) by Snowden et al. The pictures have a uniformity that seems to say more about the photographer's vision than the artists' differences whilst the interview questions often feel stilted and leave the replies seeming forced. Little of the richness that comes from entering real studios. It's good value in...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctuary Britains Artists and their Studios, 16 May 2012
This review is from: Sanctuary: Britain's Artists and their Studios (Hardcover)
Sanctuary Britains Artists and their Studios is one heavyweight of an art book. The book weighs in at nearly six hundred pages and covers a wide range of British artists from Auerbach to Emin. To mention every artist and good point about this book would take forever. It is very comprehensive, so will stay fresh for a long time as the reader endeavours to read each profile over sometime. Some lesser known artists are given two pages, whereas the more established or infamous artists such as Tracey Emin are allowed several double page spreads.

Of course before even opening the book you know there will be some reference to the studios of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Although only recent they now feel like distant historical figures in the art game. Some of my favourite artist profiles in this book include Frank Auerbach, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume, Marc Quinn, Ron Arad, Gavin Turk and Sarah Lucas. Funny enough Auerbach's studio isn't shown in the book, yet you will understand why when you read his profile. Artists can be quite secretive about their working methods and the studio. As an artist myself I understand that the studio space is precious.

The beauty of this book is that we get to read about the day to day routines of the artists, their working methods and current activities. What is a little shocking is the passing of time and the YBA's of the 90's. Many still feature in this book, although much older than when they were last in the public eye. Perhaps they are a symptom of the growing celebrity youth culture in the art world, yet artists just don't do Botox so much.

The book will suffer a little from the passing of time, hence what was up to date in 2011 may not be in a few years. Yet the book is still a time capsule of British art in 2011/2012. Sanctuary is a beautifully put together book with fantastic photography. Currently superb value at Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!, 5 Jun. 2013
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Great photos and brilliant idea for a book.
Have only flicked through it so far but just simply love having it.
As an artist myself, with a studio that I am so often alone in, owning this book helps me remember ....I am not alone! ;-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 27 Dec. 2014
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Strangely disappointing - none of the excitement of Private View (1965) by Snowden et al. The pictures have a uniformity that seems to say more about the photographer's vision than the artists' differences whilst the interview questions often feel stilted and leave the replies seeming forced. Little of the richness that comes from entering real studios. It's good value in terms of quantity however with lots to browse but ultimately I gained little insight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous, 23 Feb. 2013
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this is a beautiful book, really interesting to glean a small insight about the people behind the work. the only reason i haven't given this book 5* rating is that it's MASSIVE and heavy, which makes it difficult to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present, 10 May 2014
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Great price. Quick service. Heavy book but best present bought for artist. It's the book to always have around. Well written and great illustrations. You couldn't be disappointed with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 3 Nov. 2013
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This was a present for my art student daughter who found it fascinating to see how other artists approach their practice and their workspace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars british artists, 7 Oct. 2013
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Pure inspiration for both artists and art lovers, seeing how other artists work is very satisfying and shows the diversity of art
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctuary, 27 May 2013
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What a great insight into how other Artists work. Love having this book on my desk to remind me to work on being creative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant content on each artist and excellent images, 30 Dec. 2014
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An inspiring and insightful read into artists lives. Brilliant content on each artist and excellent images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's weighty!, 26 Oct. 2013
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Fabulous book. Exploring the work spaces and practices of top British artists. The photography is terrific giving me the opportunity to be both nosey and envious of the large space most of them have to work in. Interesting questions have been posed to the artist giving an insight into the thought processes of their work.
It will be keeping me entertained for months, possibly years not to mention fit! It is a large heavy book!
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