A biography of the late art critic, essayist, dramatist, painter, poet and novelist, whose ‘Ways of Seeing’ revolutionised art history. “Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics.”
An illustrated anthology of Warner’s essays about the transformative power of art – particularly contemporary – through an exploration of the myths and symbols to which her exemplar artworks allude. Her cast includes Bosch and Fuseli, Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, Damien Hirst and many others.
David Hockney & Martin Gayford, illustrated by Rose Blake
Chronology is completely subverted by looking at ways in which artists work: light, shadow, mark-making, even photography and film. Clever, unstuffy, with some wonderful juxtapositions – the Mona Lisa and Marlene Dietrich, for instance, or approaches to perspective using Uccello’s Hunt in the Forest and one of Hockney’s own photographic collages of Arizona.
On the wintry afternoon of Monday 28 November 1768, an architect and three artists were granted an audience with George III at St James’s Palace; their mission, the foundation of a royal academy of arts in London. This is the first day-by-day account of the events that led up to that meeting and what happened immediately afterwards. In its telling, it reveals the strong personalities involved, the rivalries and intrigues that divided them, the competing ideas about the teaching and exhibition of art, and the problems of governance that forged the Royal Academy, and continue to reverberate within it today, some 250 years later.