#artread, the Read Watch Play theme for July 2016


This month the theme is #artread. Artists, who are they & what do they do all day?

Try a biography John Piper, Myfanwy Piper : lives in art linking art, theatre and music. I, Leonardo : Ralph Steadman one artist portraying the life of another. The artist revealed by his studio 7 Reece Mews : Francis Bacon’s studio.

Reflect by Sue Apple

Who would you choose to paint your portrait? A S Byatt choose Patrick Heron but Lady Churchill hated Graham Sutherland’s portrait of Sir Winston.

Catalogues of art collections A way of life : Jim Ede at Kettle’s Yard. A home and gallery featuring many works byAlfred Wallis who epitomises the St Ives artists . You couldcollect art antiquesyourself.

Artists real or fake? In Nat Tate : an American artist, 1928-1960 libraries had trouble deciding which. The artist’s character as subject for fiction The portrait: Iain Pears,Permanent violet: Ronald Frame, Sheer blue bliss: Lesley Glaister , Notes from an exhibition: Patrick Gale, The bird artist: Howard A Norman.

You may have visited places steeped in art, Charleston : a Bloomsbury house and gardenor read of places becoming art after 100 years Still life : inside the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton. Modern Architects became as famous as their buildings : Norman Foster orLe Corbusier.

Its interior design can have an impact on how we view a building too, just as graphic designhas an impact on how we view other objects as well.

Art escapes into the wild, Andy Goldsworthy : a collaboration with nature, Anthony Gormley’s figures in the landscape. From Bodies in the landscape move to Body art, as in Tattoos. Or bodies shaped into art in ballet and modern dance. Other performing arts take to the stage in theatre or the cinema screen, including art house films.

Art from the wild, found objects, the artist recycling an object into art. Be inspired by Derek Jarman’s garden .

In the landscape photographer James Ravillious :an English eye is the son of artist Eric Ravillious. Different generation, medium, all art.

In the film Blow Up a fashion photographer thinks he has filmed a murder. In the 1960s photographers David Bailey & Norman Parkinson were famous enough to be know just by their surnames.

Taxidermy has had a modern revival but knitted taxidermy may have more practitioners. See fashion as art – Zandra Rhodes : textile revolution . Cornelia Parker’s collaborative Magna Carta embroidery.

Books as art objects – have a look on Pinterest for book covers as art and book spines as poetry. Make your own poems and appreciate your existing books in a new way. Buy an old book and make it into art by illustrating and rearranging the text – one artist spent 40 years working on one book. Artist’s books are the ultimate in hand crafted texts.

Art therapy and creating all types of art are great for your well being. Some libraries run book folding sessions with their unsalable stock as an aid to mindfulness.

You could learn how to make art with conventional techniques and materials. Become a painter, sculptor or photographer.

Graphic artists like Alan Fletcher: Beware wet paint and turn fonts into art. Graphic novelists like Frank Quietly create in a comic or graphic format. Others reboot existing fiction for a new younger audience. Banksy brought graffiti from wall to gallery.

Illustrations convey the narrative in Shackleton’s journey: William GrillKate Greenaway award winner 2015. Children’s books illustrations can be a revelation. Other Art prizes include the Turner Prize often keeping art in the news with controversy and theArchibald.

Art and crime meet in the theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code book and film. Author Patricia Cornwall may have cut a piece from a Sickert painting in Portrait of a killer : Jack the Ripper– case closed. Ancient art and archaeology feature in the Jack West Jr novels of Matthew Reilly.

What is ART? Let’s try and find out in #artread.

While you are reading, playing or watching your #artread this month, you might like to tweet about it using hashtags #artread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about it. You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #artread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

Twitter logo for RWPchat postsA date for your diary : The Twitter discussion takes place on 26 July, starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 8am – 10.30am, 2pm – 4pm GMT. Note this is a staggered discussion.


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