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Art & Fear

Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

By David Bayles, Ted Orland

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Format: Paperback, 122 pages
Published In: United States, 01 April 2001
-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 IntroductionArt & 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...


EAN: 9780961454739
ISBN: 0961454733
Publisher: Image Continuum Press
Dimensions: 20.32 x 14.48 x 1.02 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Edward on
This book is motivational in nature, filled with nice art quotes and 'pick me up' paragraphs. Although I found it to be a generally entertaining read, it is a bit light on content. It goes through the reasons people often give up on art, covering self doubt, comparison with others, meaning in your work etc, and includes an interesting look at the art education system. The book lacks any practical advice though, such as interactions with galleries or collectors, or any sort of financial considerations (which in my opinion is the primary concern of the majority of artists and the main source of their "fear"), and in that regard the book is primarily aimed at hobbyists rather than professional practicing artists. This book can help you come to terms with the emotional journey that is often involved with dedicating yourself to art. I can see it being a perfect book for people who are at a particular stage of self-doubt with their art practice (that everybody goes through), but I personally didn't get as much out of it as I would have liked.
Customer on
This book draws on the experiences of "both authors as working artists, grappling daily with problems of making art in the real world." It covers fears about yourself as an artist, fears about what others might think of you, finding and trusting your own artistic voice, becoming self-reliant, the academic world, and conceptual worlds. It has sound advice, many inspirational quotes, and should strike a chord with many artists trying to find their way.
Pat on
Art and fear is an amazing book and i highly recommend it to any creative person. A book to be enjoyed over and over.

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