Jezzamathatics or Introduction to the wonderful process of painting (1965 essay) by Leonora Carrington
“I hope it goes without saying that there is almost nothing an artist likes less than writing an ‘artist statement’. Fortunately, there is a plan for how to let go of death. OK, at Leonora Carrington’s Jezzamathatics or Introduction to the wonderful process of painting is not a book, it is a “simulated artist statement”, but I recommend reading it not only this summer, but also through the seasons. Several years since he first hit me, I still pull his sticky threads out of my neurons. It made me almost entirely inconsistent (my favorite state) […] In just a few paragraphs, Carrington’s stunning parade of imagery covers at least as much supernatural territory, twists and turns, and hypnotic and cerebral sessions as any self-respecting artist’s troubled mind. As this text seems unfathomable and unfairly difficult to obtain, I can here offer you a foretaste of its last paragraph, the denouement of which is “to explode here and there with the silent perversity of zero sirn in an incalculable gesture of astonishment. suspended “. Could something be more realistic? “
No archive will restore you (2018) by Julietta Singh
“The book merges academic theory with the personal, viewing the body as an archive and drawing inspiration from Antonio Gramsci’s commentary that history leaves endless traces in us.
Elmgreen and Dragset
Abstract bodies: the sculpture of the 1960s in the broader field of the genre (2015) by David Getsy Tell
Them i said no (2016) by Martin Herbert
“David Getsy looks at artists like John Chamberlain and Dan Flavin of the 1960s who are supposed to work in formal language, but in his readings, abstract forms are seen as bodily representations and their practices are open to interpretation. [through] links to sexual politics. Martin Herbert’s compilation of essays on artists who at different points in their careers have chosen to retire from the art world shows us the power of having the strength to say no. Many of the names included, such as Cady Noland or Charlotte Posenenske, have been of great significance to our generation of artists. Both books not only offer new historical perspectives on art, but are also very entertaining. “
Black and blur (2017) by Fred Moten
“My recommended book for the summer is Black and blur. A brilliant collection of essays, part of a series that investigates notions of Darkness and its representation. It is writing and practice that summons irregulars and resistance fighters.
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
An apartment on Uranus (2019) by Paul B. Preciado
Psychomagic: the transformative power of shamanic psychotherapy (2010) by Alejandro Jodorowsky
“An apartment on Uranus takes refreshing perspectives on identity, borders, tourism, gender, nation states, multi-species love, and nationalism through a series of short letters. It is written in an engaging and revealing way, rather than lecturing or moralizing. I also recently unearthed my collection of Jodorowsky comics: The Incal and his book on ‘psychomagic’. After a year of confinement, the injections of spiritual thought and the wildest imagination rejuvenate me. It activates spaces in the brain that were interrupted during lockdown. “
Missing (2014) by Adam Phillips
Touch and Imagine: An Introduction to Tactile Art (2014) by Ja vankmajer
Hollow (2021) by Brian Catling
“Adam Phillips uses the King Lear, as well as Donald Winnicott and Sigmund Freud, to address the forces that pull us into our lived life and our imaginary unlived life, what we think we want, what we are so sure we want, and the value of usage of not getting what we want. The work is strongly linked to all art forms, writing, painting, as well as cultural criticism. Touch and imagine is a brilliant documentation of Jan Švankmajer’s process and thought. An incredible resource for artists. You get into a wonderful spirit reading one of Brian Catling’s books. In Hollow, Hieronymus Bosch infiltrates fiction, a viscerally imaginative work.
Black feminist thought (1990) by Patricia Hill Collins
“I have books that I consult and consult during the year. They sit next to my bed and I read songs, carrying thoughts. Black feminist thought is one of those books, and will be traveling with me this summer, so as not to just dive [into] but to swim. The richness, depth, clarity and beauty of Collins’ research, observations, explanations and demands are extraordinary. It is the story of black women and the knowledge they hold. It is also the story of struggle, systemic racism and the ignored intellect. Swimming in a lake early in the morning is my most precious summer time. Reading Black feminist thought is a lake for my brain.
The empty room (2018) by Sadia Abbas
“This story delves into the mind and circumstances of a female artist in the 1970s in Karachi. I love the book because it is a thoughtful and intellectual meditation on art and ideas, it is refreshing to read and provides insight into the struggles of the left in Pakistan.
Tentacle (2018) by Rita Indiana
Blue Beard (1987) by Kurt Vonnegut
“[These two books] say something about the ultimate poetry and the futility of the physical object as a means of projecting being into form, and the human toll of history on the individuals subjected to it.
Spring cannot be canceled (2021) by David Hockney and Martin Gayford
“My recommendation would be – because we all need to cheer ourselves up – this bright, colorful, informative and intriguing book Spring cannot be canceled. It’s full of Hockney’s thoughts on art, besides being beautiful to watch.