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7 important books for those who want to understand art well

Culture and art are an integral part of human life. However, often trips to museums and exhibitions quite insufficient for a deep understanding of the subject. In this case, you just need to turn to the actual books that will help to Orient in the directions and types of art. And will cause a desire to learn more about the artists and their works, as well as to look at the works of masters in a new way.

Philip hook, Breakfast at Sotheby’s. World of art from A to Z»

The book of the famous art historian and employee of auction houses is a fascinating guide to the world of art. The style of presentation of a rather complex material is so easy that it creates a feeling of a leisurely conversation about the great art between two long-familiar people. Philip hook presents structured information relating to, including, and the commercial component of art, talks about the order and principles of pricing for the creation of masters, stops at the order of the auction. At the same time, the book contains many interesting stories and cases from the author’s personal practice.

Vittorio Sgarbi, “Treasures Of Italy. From Caravaggio to Tiepolo»

Vittorio Zgarbi in his usual fascinating manner introduces the reader to the best representatives of the Baroque. The author seems to spend a fascinating tour of the Apennine Peninsula, making long stops in big cities to talk about the best artists of Italy. While reading the book there is a full sense of familiarity with an interesting work of art.

Sam Phillips “…ISMS. How to understand contemporary art»

Another quality and exciting guide to the world of art, this time from the editor of the British magazine Frieze. Here is a summary of the evolution of art, the emergence and development of new styles and trends since the second half of the NINETEENTH century. Those who want to understand the many styles and schools can enjoy the presence of a convenient table, the information in which is presented in chronological order. For connoisseurs and art critics, the book is unlikely to be useful, but for those who are just beginning to get acquainted with the history of art, will be indispensable.

Anastasia cut her Hair, “fall in Love with art. From Rembrandt to Andy Warhol»

Anastasia Postrigay is a blogger who writes about culture, and her book is written for those who begin their acquaintance with the multifaceted world of art. In the book there are no intricacies of terms, but the materials about the outstanding personalities are presented in a lively and understandable language, which is supplemented by references to those films and books that will help the reader to study more deeply the work of the artist or the era when he lived and worked. The only thing that can reproach the author, so it is in personal value judgments in relation to artists. However, even in the title Anastasia Postrigay promised her readers to fall in love with their art.

Sarah Thornton, “Seven days in art»

This book was written more than ten years ago, but today has not lost its relevance. Sarah Thornton talks about the art market and the place of the artist in it. The difference between this book and other publications about art is that the author creates the effect of full immersion not in creativity, but in the creative environment. Interviews with gallery owners and collectors, artists and critics provide insight into the commercial underbelly of art.

Banksy, “Wall and Piece»

The real name of the author of the graffiti was unknown. And no one can boast of acquaintance with the graffiti artist Banksy. But he is known to everyone who is interested in the culture of graffiti. In the book you can get acquainted with the philosophy of the mysterious personality, look at the photos of his works and laugh with the author on funny cases from the life of a mysterious stranger and a talented Creator.

Alina Aksenova, “the History of art. Just important. Styles, directions and currents»

Alina Aksenova is a well-known lecturer of the Moscow lecture hall, Level One. In his book, the author briefly introduces the reader to the history of art, since Ancient Greece and Rome. For those who want to learn how to identify styles by characteristic features and distinguish trends and trends in art, the book will be a real guide. Perfect for learning the basics with children.

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