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Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life brings together a faculty of artists and writers from across the globe, including high profile art educators, such as Marina Abramovic, Carol Bove, Mark Dion, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, Miranda July, Bob Nickas, Raqs Media Collective, Neo Rauch, John Stezaker, Richard Wentworth and Christopher Williams.

Each of these ‘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. Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 290 x 214 mm (11 3/8 x 8 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 352 pp
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714867366

Marina Abramovic
Walead Beshty
Sanford Biggers
Dara Birnbaum
Carol Bove
Tania Bruguera
Mark Dion
Olafur Eliasson
Harrell Fletcher
Charles Gaines
Liam Gillick
Piero Golia
Michelle Grabner
Dan Graham
Katharina Grosse
Joan Jonas
Miranda July
Chris Kraus
Thomas Lawson
Dinh Q. Le
Won Ju Lim
Jonas Mekas
Carrie Moyer
Wangechi Mutu
Bob Nickas
Raqs Media Collective
Neo Rauch
Tim Rollins
Michael Smith
John Stezaker
Stephanie Syjuco
Shirley Tse
James Welling
Richard Wentworth
Christopher Williams
Krzysztof Wodiczko

"Full of ideas, stories and inspirations... It is not an ordinary book; you open it by unwrapping a string attached to a special plastic fastener... This beautifully designed book contains 36 folders with interviews, texts and documentation by artists whose pedagogical and artistic practice both seem relevant for inspiring inventive thinking in art education... Akademie X also reminds us that the most important part of the learning process is meeting with real people and confronting their unique knowledge and experiences." —International Journal of Education

"Akademie X is a book with seemingly all of the answers." —Interview Magazine

"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’s world-class tutors prepare aspiring artists for professional life – in practical, financial, and ideological terms." —Garage Magazine

"You don’t need to be an actual artist, aspiring or otherwise, to appreciate Akademie X, for it is both witty and wise." —A Little Bird

"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." —itsnicethat.com

"A life book."—Juxtapoz

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