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Art Without Compromiseby Wendy Richmond
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Combining 24 years of research and insight from her columns in Communication Arts magazine, artist, educator, and writer Wendy Richmond challenges artists to investigate their work through multiple lenses in her newest book, Art Without Compromise*. Her commentaries, exercises, and wide-ranging references to contemporary thinkers will inspire artists to change the way they think about their creative landscape, from personal goals to cultural influences to technological realities. Her insights about major cultural figures, from Roland Barthes to Susan Sontag to Walker Evans, introduce their philosophies into the context of contemporary art making. Like a Malcolm Gladwell for artists, Richmond helps artists to look closely at what they see every day--in their own art making and in the world around them. In the process, she helps artists to develop an uncompromising commitment to finding and protecting their own unique process for making their strongest and most relevant art. This thought-provoking and inspirational book covers such topics as: developing a solid creative process through Visual Reflection Notebooks” and Bring Play to Work”; understanding the artists unique identity in relation to the larger culture; building systems of support and collaboration; explaining how an artists needs and passions can lead to innovation and authenticity; using language to inspire visual creativity; responding to the Internet and changing concepts of what is public and private; and accepting digression as a creative necessity. Through the exercises and techniques outlined in Art Without Compromise*, the reader will develop new confidence to pursue individual goals and inspiration to explore new paths, along with motivation to overcome creative blocks. With a revised understanding of the relevance in their own work within the sphere of contemporary culture, the artist will come away with a clearer perspective on his or her past and future work and a critical eye for personal authenticity.
Book News Annotation:
A pioneer in mixing traditional media and new technology, Richmond presents a manifesto of sorts, but also a book of advice for aspiring artists. She asks them to analyze what they see every day and place it in the context of their art, to reconsider the landscape that affects their creative processes, and most of all not to compromise what they know they need make their best art. Her topics include bring play to work, respecting cultures, designing the self-critique, improvisation and interface, memory is cheap, concentrating on context, the forward momentum of failure, the invasion of public privacy, excitement meter, and the value of time. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Wendy Richmond is a visual artist, writer, and educator whose work explores issues of personal privacy, technology, and creativity in contemporary culture. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Richmond received her Master's degree from New York University. Her teaching experience includes MIT, International Center of Photography, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she co-created courses in expression and media. She is author of Design and Technology: Erasing the Boundaries and overneath, a collaboration of photography and dance. She also has a regular column in the design industry magazine Communication Arts. Richmond lives in New York City.
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