Lessons in Art + Life
Learn to think, see and live like an artist with this inspirational and practical guide on how to live a creative life written by the world’s most thought-provoking artists
Each of these 36 ‘tutors’ has provided a unique lesson that aims to provoke, inspire and stimulate. Lively, entertaining and poignant, the contributors draw on their extensive experience in the contemporary art world, to share previously untold stories and identify the crucial things they wish they’d known at the start of their careers.
Their advice ranges from practical considerations about making art and managing professional relationships, to ideological perspectives on the nature of learning and the state of art education in the twenty-first century. Many also propose ‘assignments’ to spark creative thinking and the entries are illustrated with visually compelling art works to engage and inspire the reader.
A must-read for aspiring arts professionals, Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life will also engage everyone with an interest in the lives of artists.
Size: 290 x 214 mm (11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in)
Pages: 352 pp
Illustrations: 360 illustrations
Crucial wisdom from leading artists and writers – an unprecedented insight into 21st–century knowledge production and life as an artist today.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Akademie X is a book with seemingly all of the answers.
- Interview Magazine
Akademie X's world-class tutors prepare aspiring artists for professional life - in practical, financial, and ideological terms.
- Garage Magazine
an enormous book the colour of a tube of Love Hearts... Not often does a book look this succulent: the weight, texture and little details were enough to have the whole editorial team cooing over it. ...Spectacular original content aside, what makes this book truly sing is its design. It’s got that exciting, fresh new stationery feel to it: the card casing taking you back to those document wallets you used in school... Beautiful.
Dinh Q. Le
Won Ju Lim
Raqs Media Collective
An Artist's Life Manifesto
Notes for an Introductory Lecture
Moonbow Do Exist
Taking to the Streets
Conversations with Future Colleagues
New York City Scavenger Hunt
LOVE LETTER from us
Some Thoughts on Agency and Activity
Outside of the Commercial System
Advice for Young Artists
Art School as a Psychodrama -
A Lot of Things to Think About
Expanding the Terms of Reality
Me and Marcuse
Art Schools at Their Best and Worst
The Artists as a Link Among Other Links
Art School Can Be...
Peaks and Valleys
Through Their Voices
Thirteen Notes on Film-Making
Recollections, Declarations and Ten Suggestions
One Flew Over the Puppy Mill
Letters / Reminders / Lessons
Questions and Answers
Art Is Not Just Experience
Tips for a Future Generation
Art Education - A Contradiction in Terms
A Redactive Pedagogy (Letter from the Field)
From Metaphysical to Economics;
From Multiplicities to Negotiations
Becoming Forward About Coming Out Backwards
No Plexiglas, No Electricity, No Humour;
or Love is Colder Than Death
Art, Design and Education
AKADEMIE X: LOOK INSIDE
The Story of Art
Art in Time
The Art Book: New Edition
The Elements of Sculpture
The 21st-Century Art Book
The Art Museum
HOME OF THE VISUAL ARTS
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