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Drawing Autism Hardcover – 14 Dec 2009

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; 1 edition (14 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981960006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981960005
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 2.3 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This art book is primarily a celebration of form and color as done by artists on the autistic spectrum. I counted 53 different artists with a wide range of styles. Just to note a few: there is the blueprint precision of Temple Grandin, the cubist-like work of Wil C. Kerner, the pointillism style of Esher Brokaw, the cartoons of Justin Canha and Glen Russ, the categorical detailed work of Gregory L. Blackstone, the ethereal anguish of Marilyn Cosho, and many more. I felt an overall sense of estrangement and longing that is at the heart of the human predicament. We are both part of this world and estranged from it; we are among family and friends and yet we are alone. We feel the contradictions and the confusions of life and we try to make sense of it.

I think it was at least partially the intent of Jill Mullin, who edited the book and conducted the interviews with the artists, to allow the artwork to reveal the unique soul of autism. She writes: "...I sorted the work so that it provides an overview of the spectrum while celebrating the creative individuality of every single person on the spectrum. These themes and visual tendencies do speak to aspects of the diagnoses." (p. 13)

We, so-called "normal" people, necessarily see the world in a utilitarian sense heavily colored by subsistence and social need. Consequently I have always thought that one of the things that an artist must do is free our minds from the prison of utility in which we see the world only in so far as it is useful to us or not. While most manmade objects in our lives are useful for something, art is its own reason for being.

It is in this context that I find this book most interesting. Some autistics naturally see things as they are, without the coloration of utility.
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Fabulous hard cover book showing various artworks made by people who are on the autistic spectrum. I bought this after seeing it in the Wellcome collection museum in London to show my mum and autistic brother and the images are great,showing me what life is like through an autistic persons ryes.the condition makes communication difficult but through art they can express themselves and freely communicate with us, the reader. Perfect coffee table book that I regularly flick through. Item received promptly and as described too.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is ace. I simply love it, as it just gives you a better understanding of how many autistic minds work. This book is appealing to me, as it is art that not influenced by media ect - this simply is a book of their minds.
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this is a superb collection of images, some relatively conventional, some really strange, that are all created by people on 'the autistic spectrum' (which includes Asbergers). It raises a lot of questions: in what ways are these images 'typical' of autism? what do they tell us about how it's like to be autistic? and more...
well worth getting for anyone interested in this field
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Gave this to my son's girlfriend as her little boy has just been diagnosed with Autism. Lovely inspiring book and she was delighted. Thank you.
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