Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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Publisher marketing: "Art & Fear" explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is experienced by artmakers themselves.

This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists --- it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, "Art & Fear" quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone -- now enhanced by Internet posting -- has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally. "Art & Fear" has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of "Art & Fear" sold 80,000 copies.

From the introduction: 
This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially --statistically speaking -- there aren't any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius."

Additional details:
Weight: .4 lbs
Dimensions: 8x5.5x.4
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 0961454733
Publisher: Image Continuum
Author: David Bayles, Ted Orland
Pages: 122
Publication date: April 01, 2001

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