It may not seem like it now, but Art Basel will come and go in a flash, freeing up your schedule to catch up on some good reads. After a long day in the gallery or, for you lucky ones, lounging poolside somewhere suitably chic, pick up one of these books from our suggested Summer reading list.
Grapefruit by Yoko Ono
Ever wonder what the inside of Yoko Ono’s mind looks like? Grapefruit is probably the closest you can get. This book in itself is an early example of conceptual art and is full of unrealized “event scores.” It will definitely provoke some unconventional daydreams and maybe even give you some inspiration to “realize” a few with friends or around the office. (320 pages)
Please Pay Attention Please by Bruce Nauman
Did you love Bruce Nauman’s retrospective at MoMA this winter? This collection of writings and interviews by and with Nauman brings you into his childhood and along for the ride of his peculiar career trajectory. This is a great book if you want to get to understand the work along with the man behind it. (426 pages)
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Based on a 70’s BBC series, this quick read is perfect for when you want to get a new perspective during your afternoon at the beach or on a long plane ride. Through a collection of essays with pictures (actually some essays are just pictures!), Berger attempts to change how you look at visual images from those inside a gallery to inside the pages of a fashion magazine. (176 pages)
7 Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
This book cuts the snobbery and brings you first hand accounts from inside the walls of prominent galleries, museums, art fairs, auction houses, and artist studios around the world. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, New York to Basel, Thornton does the traveling for you and you get to reap the benefits. This is book is great for learning more about the behind the scenes of different sides in the art world. (320 pages)
Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler
We definitely saved the best (and biggest) for last. After years and years of eclectic conversations between Lawrence Weschler and Robert Irwin, Weschler created one of the most comprehensive artist biographies ever written. Weschler takes you through Irwin’s childhood, his days in the Army, his work in the Light and Space and Fluxus movements, to his recent projects with the Getty and the Dia Art Foundation. He brings together seemingly random conversations he had with Irwin about horse racing, teaching, and the desert to make you re-think the way you experience art and the art world in this novel that can last you half the summer. (336 pages)
Needless to say, there are a ton of great options to choose from. Which one are you going to start first? Show us on social media what and where you are reading by using #artbinder!