These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development - and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a ...Read MoreThese are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development - and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary. Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing Free Will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.Read Less
New. 'Also subtitled, ''An Artist's Survival Guide, '' this book functions as a deeply encouraging book to any of you who may be struggling with, laboring through, or truly living in artmaking. As well, it is an exceptional read for those of you who have friends who are artists, or who receive joy through great music, painting, sculpture and writing. Through direct examination and honest reflection, the authors explore the struggle through which art is created day by day--or is not created--and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. Other dimensions of artistic endeavor are also covered: vision and execution, talent and ''magic, '' the relation between artist and public, artist and academy.
New. 'This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art 'not' made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially--statistically speaking--there 'aren't' any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius. '---from the Introduction 'Art &Fear' explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often 'doesn't' get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves. This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists---it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, 'Art &Fear' quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone--now enhanced by internet posting--has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. 'Art &Fear' has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of 'Art &Fear' sold 80, 000 copies. An excerpt: Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...Written by artists, for artists, this survival guide explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.
This slim volume provides some fairly pedestrian advice for artists, particularly those who might be feeling blocked: basically, get over yourself and get back to work. No, you're not Mozart or Rembrandt, but so what. Your unique voice is reason enough to be creative. Don't quit and don't get in a rut. Personally, I didn't get much enlightenment from this book (althought there are some good quotes), but it might provide a boost if you're feeling at a creative low-point.
Jun 4, 2009
What a find!
Like a conversation with your artist friends, Bayles and Orland lay it all out and tell the truth about creating art. My copy is highlighted and underlined to remind me of the real issues..not "artsy fartsy" babble but the gritty reality of trying to make art.
Feb 5, 2009
Short, Pithy, & Life-Changing
Every two or three years a book comes along that changes the way one thinks. This witty but very serious little book was one of those few for me--so much so that I'm not lending my copy.
Bayles and Orland manage convincingly to shatter myths, boost one's confidence, and encourage one to think almost as clearly as these collaborative authors have obviously done. The book is not a challenge to read but it does challenge you to work at what fulfills you--not with starry-eyed "follow-your-dream" nonsense but with clear and convincing arguments.
I would recommend this small, thoughtful book to anyone who writes, paints, sculpts, draws, builds furniture, designs, sits and thinks, or simply likes a "good read."
May 11, 2007
Art and Fear
Anyone creating art, no matter the medium or whether the person considers him/herself an artist should read this book. It's a "permission slip" to trust yourself, not matter what you're doing.
Apr 8, 2007
This book is great for teenagers to read, especially those who are really insecure about their abilities in art and in creativity. It is very easy to read and is very easy to understand. I use it in my art classroom.
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