I’ve always been obsessed with art, but as I’ve gotten older the obsession has reached a new level. I can’t consume enough. I have stacks of art books just waiting to be read. I have long watchlists of art documentaries. It’s constant, it’s all I want to consume.
Someone asked me yesterday if I was watching The Bachelor, and I literally said, “I’m such a nerd, I’ve never watched it. I mostly watch art documentaries.”
I did however, find it somewhat hard to find all of these books and documentaries. There isn’t one great resource that I know of, you just have to search for all of it (if you know of a good resource, please tell me in the comments). Although museum bookstores are a great resources for good art books!
So I figured I’d share with you the art books I’ve read and/or have on my list to read. Art documentary wise I just search Netflix, Amazon, and Kanopy and add things to my watchlist.
There are so many more art books that I haven’t included here (these are more book books vs. the coffee table type art books). I will probably update this list as I make it through these books and add to it. I have either read these books, I own them and haven’t read them yet, or am about to buy them to read.
Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim, by Anton Gill
Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) as you Pursue Your Art Career, by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber
Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), by Bridget Quinn and Lisa Congdon
Daybook: The Journal of an Artist, by Anne Truitt
How To See, by David Salle
Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, by Steven Naifeh
Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter, by Patricia Albers
Lee Krasner: A Biography, by Gail Levin
Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson — I’ve heard this book is AMAZING. I had the opportunity to attend the book launch party in the National Gallery of Art (invited through a friend). It was the type of book launch where people like Steve Case and Jake Tapper were in attendance.
Life with Picasso, by Francoise Gilot and Carlton Lake
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, by Robert K. Wittman with John Shiffman — My thoughts on this book in this post.
Seven Days in the Art World, by Sarah Thornton — This book is 10 years old at this point. I read it a long time ago so I’m not sure how outdated the information is.
Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon
The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse and Fortune, by Bridgette Mayer — My thoughts on this book here.
The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron — My thoughts on this book here.
The Private Lives of the Impressionists, by Sue Roe
Photos by Emma Weiss