Living and sustaining a creative life Essays by 40 working artists

Book - 2013

"In this day and age, when art has become more of a commodity and art school graduates are convinced that they can only make a living from their work by attaining gallery representation, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how a professional, contemporary artist sustains a creative practice over time. The forty essays collected in 'Living and Sustaining a Creative Life' are written in the artists' own voices and take the form of narratives, statements, and i...nterviews. Each story is different and unique, but the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, inside and outside the studio. Both day-to-day and big picture details are revealed, showing how it is possible to sustain a creative practice that contributes to the ongoing dialogue in contemporary art. These stories will inform and inspire any student, young artist, and art enthusiast and will help redefine what "success" means to a professional artist." -- Publisher's description.

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Published
Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect 2013.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes 2 interviews, with Thomas Kilpper and Will Cotton.
Physical Description
219 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781783200122
178320012X
Other Authors
Sharon Louden (editor of compilation)
  • Adrienne Outlaw
  • Amanda Church
  • Amy Pleasant
  • Annette Lawrence
  • Austin Thomas
  • Beth Lipman
  • Blane De St. Croix
  • Brian Novatny
  • Brian Tolle
  • Carson Fox
  • David Humphrey
  • Ellen Harvey
  • Erik Hanson
  • George Stoll
  • Jay Davis
  • Jennifer Dalton
  • Jenny Marketou
  • Julie Blackmon
  • Julie Heffernan
  • Julie Langsam
  • Justin Quinn
  • Karin Davie
  • Kate Shepherd
  • Laurie Hogin
  • Maggie Michael and Dan Steinhilber
  • Maureen Connor
  • Melissa Potter
  • Michael Waugh
  • Michelle Grabner
  • Peter Drake
  • Peter Newman
  • Richard Klein
  • Sean Mellyn
  • Sharon L. Butler
  • The Art Guys
  • Thomas Kilpper
  • Timothy Nolan
  • Tony Ingrisano
  • Will Cotton.
Review by Choice Reviews

Consisting of 40 essays, this book presents the realities of the creative life over time, as reported by practicing artists. The stories take the form of interviews, narratives, and statements, and convey in frank, authentic form the joys and challenges of being an artist. Featured artists include Adrienne Outlaw, Amy Pleasant, Blane de St. Croix, Brian Novatny, George Stoll, Julie Langsam, Justin Quinn, Maureen Conner, Brian Tolle, and Michael Waugh. Aspiring artists and students will be inspired by these essays, and professionals will see themselves in many of the stories being told. Anyone considering a career in art can profit from reading this book. It also provides insight into the world of art as a commodity, and the challenges of balancing business, relationships, and the creative life. A color reproduction of the work of the artist in focus accompanies each essay. The book is edited by Louden, an artist whose work is in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and other permanent collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Professionals/Practitioners. E. H. Teague University of Oregon Copyright 2014 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this day and age, when art has become more of a commodity and art school graduates are convinced that they can only make a living from their work by attaining gallery representation, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how a professional, contemporary artist sustains a creative practice over time. The forty essays collected in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life are written in the artists&; own voices and take the form of narratives, statements, and interviews. Each story is different and unique, but the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, inside and outside the studio. Both day-to-day and big picture details are revealed, showing how it is possible to sustain a creative practice that contributes to the ongoing dialogue in contemporary art. These stories will inform and inspire any student, young artist, and art enthusiast and will help redefine what "success" means to a professional artist.