If art could speak, what would it say? BAZAAR reviews some of the latest tomes on art and photography
A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying Great Art
With the ever-changing art market and the array of options available, buying art has become an art in itself. For a layman collector, there are so many platforms to choose from these days that it can make the act daunting. In this book, multidisciplinary Norwegian author Erling Kagge helps readers navigate through the world of art with 24 top tips and in the process, teaches how to master the art of collecting, even if working with a restricted budget.
Aptly titled, Renoir is a re-edition of the life and works of French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the greatest artists to have ever lived. This tome, a compact version of the previously larger one, details the entire life of the master artist, spanning his sketches and photographs. The book also gives an insight into when the legend changed his form of art, from painting impressionist-style landscapes to portraiture.
Written by Gilles Néret. Published by Taschen, taschen.com
This book comprises a collection of images, showcasing the world as it is through the eyes of British artist David Hockney, created using modern mediums including an iPhone and iPad. The book features 120 drawings by Hockney drawn from his Yorkshire home, from the years 2009 until 2012, all arranged by date. Each collector’s edition is signed by the artist himself and there are 250 exclusive copies which include every single print signed by Hockney. Each impression is beautifully drawn and depicts a fleeting moment.
By David Hockney, edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth. Published by Taschen, taschen.com
Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture: Imagined Interior Design in Digital Art
Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture inspires a fresh understanding of what our future in interior design could look like. The whimsical landscapes, interiors and bizarre buildings showcased within this book are designed to provoke thought about the boundaries between reality and fiction. The featured renderings, made by the new wave of digital artists, represent structures which may never be built (as they’re physically impossible!). Inspiring works by Filip Hodas, Massimo Colonna and Ezequiel Pini are included, to name a few.
This insightful book explores the role photography has played in modern society and the ways in which it influenced impressionism. The aesthetic of a photograph rapidly changed the way artists depicted reality, particularly impressionist painters. Curated by Paloma Alarcó, chief curator of Modern Painting at the Museo Thyssen, this tome comprises 66 oil paintings and works on paper and over 100 photographs. Included are paintings by Manet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; by Bazille from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris;Monet from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris and the Fondation Beyeler in Basel; and by Degas from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as from the private collections of Henry and Rose Pearlman, and Ann and Gordon Getty.
Written by Paloma Alarcó, published by Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza