Inspired Reading is my interest in building my own personal library list, dedicating more time to reading. In researching artists’ over the years, I’ve found that influential texts – in novels, cultural theory, websites – would always come up. I would always note them for myself, find the book and actually read it to see its pertinence.
Through the process, I’ve created this list from which I now have a habit of browsing through and doing more research on. It has been influential to my growing understanding of art contexts and issues and I think I would not have come across these texts / sites if I was not surrounded in an art environment. These texts have been rewarding in many ways, and it’s always useful when engaging in a conversation, when the person just so happens to be an artist or curator… and you could also ask them about their reading lists. For critical essays, two of my favorite resources are e is Arts & Letters Daily and e-flux Journal.
Certain anthologies and exhibition catalogues included:
John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)
Yve-Alain Bois, Rosalind Krauss, Formless: A user’s guide (1997)
Helen Molesworth, Work ethic (2003)
Miwon Kwon, One Place After Another: Notes on Site-Specificity (2004)
M. Schavemaker & M. Rakier (Eds.), Right about now (2008).
Charles Harrison & Dr. Paul J. Wood, Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (2002)
Cynthia Freeland, But is it art? (2001)
So… I challenge those reading, what is on YOUR reading list?