Why You Should Read Eric Fischl's Memoir

Eric Fischl Painting

Eric Fischl was one of the first contemporary painters I remember embracing in the 1980s. I loved his memoir, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off The Canvas, and suggest that every serious artist should read it. Here’s a quick video review of the book.

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Summer Reading - Novels About Artists

Summer is for light reading by the pool or on the deck, but you can still enjoy lots of books while maintaining a tie to your art business. Here is a list of novels that have artists as their main character. My Favorites: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova; Spending by Mary Gordon; and An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.

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Best Gifts for Budding Artists

Art Biz Coach post on Facebook

Last week I posted this question on the Art Biz Coach Facebook page: A kid just graduated from high school and is headed to art school. What would you give him as a graduation gift besides fair warning? Some people were glib, but most of my fans too the question seriously.

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Quick! 4 Lists to Review in IRBITS

I'd Rather Be in the Studio Book

I think of IRBITS as a reference book, but some people read it cover to cover and never look at it again. I’d like for that to change. There is plenty of face-saving information between the covers that you shouldn’t miss. Here are four to review right away (all page numbers are from 2011 edition). 1. General Guidelines for Writing Your Artist Statement

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A Simple Approach to Writing Book Reviews for Your Blog or Newsletter

Guest blogger Cynthia Morris Here suggests ways to make your book reviews less onerous and more effective. Above all, she says try a recommendation rather than a critical review.

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Free Content for Your Blog or Newsletter: Write a Book Review

Guest blogger Cynthia Morris discusses how writing about books can help us both personally and professionally and provides four reasons to consider reviewing books for your blog or newsletter.

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Curating a Library of Art Business Books

Lindsey Harnish of the Ferndale Public Library in Michigan inquires: “I just won a grant for my library, specifically to purchase art business books. While I’ve got a long list of titles on my wish list, are there particular books that you strongly recommend?” Here’s what I recommend.

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Interview with Patricia Albers, Author of Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life

PatriciaAlbers

I asked biographer Patricia Albers about what drew her to Mitchell’s story, how she approached her writing, and how she came to terms with Mitchell’s difficult personality.

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Twitter & Facebook Book Club Starts July 1

Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter

Join us in reading Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter starting July 1, 2011.

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What Artists Are Reading Now

Art Books

On a couple of different days, I asked my Twitter followers what art-related book they were reading or had recently read. They’re responses enticed me to my second Kindle purchase. Keep reading to find out what I selected and what is next on my list.

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