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Here are some suggestions from members, just click on the book to open a new browser window at Amazon to review book:

Raw Vision Mag.

Outsider Art Sourcebook

Raw Vision
I recently read about this UK-based magazine/journal in Utne (Jan-Feb '07) when they gave it the Utne Independent Press Award for Best of Arts Coverage in the alternative press for 2006. In 1997 it received the UNESCO prize for the World's Best Art Magazine. Raw Vision covers the rich and varied terrain of outsider and visionary art and is published 4 times a year. They have a great web site: www.rawvision.com. Amazon.com offers the $46 subscription at a discounted price of $43.

Raw Vision Outsider Art Sourcebook
Over 100 artists and 50 visionary environments featured as well as exhaustive listings of galleries, art fairs, museums, collections, publications, organizations and relevant web sites. Whew! The listing of environments might be a handy thing for the art festival road warrior to have in the van while travelling down that asphalt ribbon.

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon
Paper/Hard; $10 - $16

Not really art related, but a really good story written from the perspective of an autistic boy who attempts to solve the mystery of a murdered dog.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Seek My Face
by John Updike
Hardcover; $15.64

Fictionalized account of the modern art movement told by a pivotal female participant, Lee Krasner. Good knowledge of art, formidably intelligent, interesting insights. Worth reading.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Forest Lover
By Susan Vreeland
Paper/Hard; $11 - $17

Fictionalized acct of the life of Emily Carr. Book started really slow but got very good by the end. Good description of someone very committed to their art despite the odds against them.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Horse's Mouth
by Joyce Cary
Paper; $10.85

According to one review, The Horse's Mouth is perhaps the finest novel ever written about an artist. Its painter hero, the charming and larcenous Gulley Jimson, has an insatiable genius for creation and a no less remarkable appetite for destruction. Is he a great artist? a has-been? or an exhausted, drunken ne'er-do-well? He is without doubt a visionary, and as he criss-crosses London in search of money and inspiration the world as seen though his eyes appears with a newly outrageous and terrible beauty.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Holy Skirts:
A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art by Rene Steinke
Hardcover/Paper; $5.36 - $16.50

From a recent review: In 1917 no one had ever seen a woman like the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. She regally stalked the streets of Greenwich Village wearing a bustle with a flashing taillight, a brassiere made from tomato cans, or a birdcage necklace; declaimed her poems to sailors in beer halls; and enthusiastically modeled in the nude for artists such as Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, setting the city ablaze with her antics. Before today's outsized celebrities, there was the Baroness poet and artist, proto-punk rocker, sexual libertine, fashion avatar, and troublemaker. At the center of the Dadaist circle, the Baroness transformed herself into a living, breathing work of art. Holy Skirts is a vivid imagining of the Baroness's story.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Accidental Masterpiece:
On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman
; $14-$15

The chief art critic of the New York Times delivers an art-is-good-for-you message that is surprisingly easy to swallow. Intelligent but not obscure, warm but not intrusively personal, Kimmelman manages in 10 chapters to cover a lot of ground, with a working definition of 'art' that goes far beyond what's found in galleries and museums.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

A Single Shard
Linda Sue Park
Paper; $6.50

The American Library Association presents the Newberry Awards every year, recognizing the best in writing for young adults. One of my favorites, the 2002 winner, "A Single Shard" by Linda Sue Park, is about a 12th century Korea potter and an orphan who lives under a bridge with his wise friend Crane-man, who becomes fascinated with a nearby community of potters. If you have a young adult on your book-giving-list, I suggust ANY BOOK on the Newbery list, including the Honor books. Happy reading!
P.S. The ALA also awards the Caldecott Medal for best Picture Books for Children and several other medals for excellent writing.

Recommended by David Haun

Frida's Fiestas : Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo
Marie Pierre Colle, Guadalupe Rivera
Hardcover; $35/$20

For cooks who love art especially Frida Kalho's. More than just a cook book. Includes recipes and illustrations from Frida's cookbook notebooks as well as vintage photographs and illustrations of Frida's paintings. Diego Rivera's daughter, Guadalupe adds her own remembrances and history to the mix.

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Traverse City and the Leelenau Peninsula
Hand-Altered Polaroid Photographs by Cynthia Davis
Hardcover; $17.95

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Art Law Conversation: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Visual Artists
Elizabeth T Russell
Paperback,; $11.53

As the title indicates, this is a readable book on the intricacies of law as it pertains to artists. As you would expect there is quite a bit about copyright including protecting your work on the internet. There are also excellent chapters covering contracts, galleries, taxes. There is a very interesting section on estate planning for artists that is critical reading.

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Chicago Chicago
Cynthia Davis
University of Michigan Press, 2004.
Hardcover ; $17.95

Hand-Altered Polaroid Photographs

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Detroit Detroit
Cynthia Davis
University of Michigan Press, 2004.
Hardcover ; $17.95

Hand-Altered Polaroid Photographs

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Saugatuck & Douglas
Cynthia Davis
University of Michigan Press, 2004.
Hardcover ; $16.95

Hand-Altered Polaroid Photographs

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Ann Arbor

Cynthia Davis
University of Michigan Press, 2004
Hardcover ; $16.95

Hand-Altered Polaroid Photographs

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

Primary Cats
Marsha Heatwole (NAIA Member)
Hardcover; from $175

"The perfect book for a child just learning about colors! Our 18-month old daughter just loves cats and colors, and we love the chance to give her big kisses on the "mmmmm" page! A really fun book for kids and parents." (Amazon reviewer)

Recommended by Marsha Heatwole

The Primary Colors: Three Essays
Alexander Theroux
Hardcover; $17.95

"Dazzling, free-form meditation explores the three primary colors through their myriad associations in art, history, music, poetry, fiction, movies, anthropology, linguistics, myth, religion, science, food, sports and everyday life."

My take was a bit less enthusiastic than the publishers but it's still a fascinating book - particularly in relation to art.

Recommended by Michael Hamilton

The Progress Paradox : How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
Gregg Easterbrook
Hardcover; $17.47

I just read an excellent excerpt from our current issue of Time magazine about the plight of the 21st century's material world and general feelings of inadequacies- even though we are afforded so much in terms of quality of life and opportunity. Fascinating. I'm going to look into this book!

Recommended by Jon Hecker

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
David Pogue
Paperback; $20.97

I just upgraded my Mac OS to OS X 10.3 "Panther" and have ordered this book. It is a must read for any Mac user making the leap into OS X for the first time from OS 9 or earlier (or from anyone switching from Windows).

Recommended by Jon Hecker

Soul Proprietor: 100 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Jane Pollak
Paperback; $10.47

Excellent book for anyone who works for themselves.

Recommended by Deborah Gilbert

Objects for Use: Handmade by Design
Paul J. Smith
Hardcover; $52.50

In our age of technology and mass production, the exquisitely handcrafted, one-of-a-kind object continues to delight the imagination and inspire reverence. Objects for Use is the first panoramic survey of contemporary craft in over a decade, and the only one now in print. Publishers Weekly.

Recommended by Pamela Hill

On the Ball
Todd Ramquist
Paperback; $27.97

You will see and meet mixed media artistsTodd and Kiralinda at art festivals around the country. They have created at their home in Safety Harbor, FL the Bowling Ball Museum which houses decorated bowling balls created by themselves as well as other artists around the country. This book is a photographic collection of over 80 bowling balls and their respective artists.

Recommended by Cynthia Davis

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Julia Cameron
Paperback; $15.95

I have read this book three times, led a group through the projects, and found this to be the book that challenged me to take giant steps as an artist.

Recommended by Stephanie Robertson

Labor of Love: An Exhibition
Marcia Tucker
Paperback; $20.00

Now for my favorite:

This was a catalog for an exhibition organized by Marcia Tucker at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 1996. This is an excellent discussion on the issue of "high" art and its attempts to keep itself separate from "folk" or "outsider" art or craft. It challenges the whole notion that "high" art exists on a different, somehow "better" level than crafts, decorative arts or folk arts and has as it's premise the position that power rather than quality is the true issue at stake in these definitions. One of my favorite books as it happens to mirror my own belief system so take this recommendation with a grain of salt.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Believing is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art
Mary Anne Staniszewski
Paperback; $11.17

A discussion of who decides what art is today. Provides a new way of seeing our artistic heritage. I liked this book.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
Arthur Coleman Danto
Paperback; $16.55

Discussion of the philosophy of art in which he proposes art as a metaphor for the commonplace. I've read some of his other articles in various publications and only parts of this book. But he is a very well known academic (Professor of Philosphy at Columbia) and general all around art critic that lots of people reference him so he's handy to have around.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

What, After All, Is a Work of Art? Lectures in the Philosophy of Art
Joseph Margolis
Paperback; $18.95

A book on historicism and relativism in the perception of art.He talks about the way in which artworks and humans mutually inform the work of interpreting and Understanding one another. Good to have an understanding of Hegel to make sense of this book. I found it a tough go but others with a stronger background in aesthetic philosophy may find it an easier read that I did.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Conversations Before The End of Time: Dialogues on Art, Life and Spiritual Renewal
Suzi Gablik
Paperback; $11.87

A book that has had a profound impact on how I think about what I do and what it means. It is actually a series of short interviews with the likes of people like: Thomas Moore, Leo Castelli, Ellen Dissanayake, Arthur Danto, the Guerrilla Girls, Richard Schusterman, and Hilton Kramer. If I understand correctly what Richard is saying, I agree that looking toward the process without having some understanding of the purpose or intent can lead us astray. The initial impulse of this thread was the "essence of art." What is it that separates art from other pursuits? What is it about art that makes it like nothing else? I do believe that all those sincerely involved in what they do, or how they live, can, ultimately, trust their process. Does that make it art? I'm not so sure it does. I do believe that the essence of art lies elsewhere beyond the process.

Recommended by Edward Avila

The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art
Robert Henri
Paperback; $13.97

From the back flap: In this book are the essential beliefs and theories of a great teacher and American artist, Robert Henri. While it embodies the entire system of his teaching, with much technical advice and critical comment for the student, it also contains inspiration for those to whom the happiness to be found though all the arts is important.

Recommended by Marianne Hall

No More Second Hand Art: Awakening the Artist Within
Peter London
Paperback; $10.47

Recommended by Marianne Hall

Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World
Natalie Goldberg
Paperback; $11.87

Natalie Goldberg wrote "Writing Down the Bones"

Recommended by Marianne Hall

The Seat of the Soul
Gary Zukav
Paperback; $11.20

Review from the Library Journal - "A remarkable treatment of thought, evolution, and reincarnation"

Recommended by Marianne Hall

The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life
Miguel Ruiz
Paperback; $11.20

Recommended by Marianne Hall

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz
Paperback; $10.36

Recommended by Marianne Hall

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence
Joe Dominguez
Paperback; $10.50

"Required reading for everyone", Bernie Siegel, M.D.

Recommended by Don Ament

Art and Fear
David Bayles
Paperback; $10.36

It's an excellent and, dare I say it, inspirational little book. I've read it several times. Hope you enjoy it.
(Also recommended by many others)

Recommended by Charles Andre

Art Marketing 101: A Handbook for the Fine Artist
Constance Smith
Paperback; $17.47

It's a well written, comprehensive guide for artists, either emerging or established, who want to learn more about how to market their work.

Recommended by Kate Dardine - Fine Print Imaging

The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals: A Novel
Michael Kernan
Paperback; $11.16

This smart, funny first novel from a seasoned reporter contains layers of meaning, yet keeps up a light and appealing tone. When a young boy discovers a seemingly ancient four-volume journal in a Long Island garage, an art dealer hires Peter Van Overloop--a Columbia graduate student who defines the term ``slacker''--to translate it from the Dutch and assist in deciding whether or not it is the authentic, and therefore extremely lucrative, work of 17th-century Dutch painter Frans Hals. Kirkus Reviews

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
Patricia Ward Biederman, Warren G. Bennis
Paperback; $11.87

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Possession : A Romance
by A. S. Byatt

Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize--the U.K.'s highest literary award- Possession is a gripping and compulsively readable novel. A.S. Byatt exquisitely renders a setting rich in detail and texture. Her lush imagery weaves together the dual worlds that appear throughout the novel--the worlds of the mind and the senses, of male and female, of darkness and light, of truth and imagination - into an enchanted and unforgettable tale of love and intrigue. - Lisa Whipple

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Story of Craft : The Craftsman's Role in Society
by Edward Lucie-Smith

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Susan Vreeland
Paperback; $10.40

Intelligent, searching and unusual, the novel is filled with luminous moments; like the painting it describes so well, it has a way of lingering in the reader's mind. The New York Times Book Review, Katy Emck

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Art and Society in Italy 1350-1500 (Oxford History of Art)
Evelyn S. Welch
Hardcover; $39.95

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Artisans in Europe, 1300-1914
James R. Farr
Paperback; $20.00

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Notes on the Synthesis of Form
Christopher W. Alexander
Paperback; $17.79

By the author of the classic in architectural design "A Pattern Language".

Recommended by Michael Hamilton

The Music Lesson : A Novel
Katharine Weber
Paperback; $9.60

On both sides of the divide in Northern Ireland, there will always be those for whom "peace at any price is no peace at all." Such, at least, is the view of the members of the I.R.A splinter group in Katharine Weber's affecting and elegant new novel about the dangerous subterfuges of politics and the healing truths of art. The New York Times Book Review, Sylvia Brownrigg

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Nature and Art of Workmanship
David Pye
Paperback; $22.95

In this book David Pye accurately and concisely differentiates between hand craftsmanship and modern machine done work. He writes his philosophical yet practical, personal ideas on craftsmanship. It is a great discussion for anyone interested in fine workmanship. It attempts to answer questions (or at least provide an entry point into discussion) of why hand workmanship is important, why it appeals to us, and want makes it fundamentally different from machine build crafts. It does not focus on any specific craft (thought Professor Pye is a woodworker himself), but is meaningful and accessable to anyone interested in crafts and hand workmanship. Myron M. Smith, Greeley, CO:

Recommended by Michael Hamilton

The Theory of Decorative Art: An Anthology of European & American Writings, 1750-1940
Isabelle Frank
Paperback; $22.40

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

With Wakened Hands: Furniture by James Krenov and Students
James Krenov
Paperback; $20.97

Inspiring work from disciples of the master.

Recommended by Michael Hamilton

The Underpainter
Jane Urquhart
Paperback; $11.20

As a pupil at the Art Students' League in New York, Austin Fraser decided that a good picture justified rotten behavior. That was 50 years ago; now, at 75, he's famous and a minimalist, having betrayed his Ashcan School past for something he believes to be more comfortable.... Is Jane Urquhart's story, with its swooping, spacious prose and its love of landscape, an indictment of chilly modernism? The New York Times Book Review, Sally Eckhoff

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

The Social Production of Art
Janet Wolff
Paperback; $19.00

This book discusses the sociology of culture and its effect on artistic creativity, as well as art as ideology, the social production of art and cultural politics and feminism. I really liked this book, and agree with big chunks of it. I have, in fact, emailed the author on issues that have come up on this forum and found her very accessable. It's one I recommend if you go for this sort of thing.

Recommended by LizAnne Jensen

Girl With a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier
Paperback; $11.20

Vermeer's household - believable historical fiction. Quiet, restrained writing.

Recommended by Michael Hamilton

Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators
Gerald F. Brommer
Paperback; $19.25

This book was recently recommended to me by a fellow collage artist. It's a large softcover. Highly recommended to every aspiring collage artist, because it shows dozens of different styles and approaches and techniques and tells a bit about how to get started in them. It has excellent color reproductions of hundreds of really different styles of collages. A number of well-known collage artists, talk about and show their techniques. Worth having around the studio.

Recommended by Ginny Herzog

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