5 Books Every Art Lover Must Read

January 06, 2020

5 Books Every Art Lover Must Read

From artists to collectors, if you are an art lover these books should be on your list.

1-“Ways of Seeing” by John Berger

Our first choice is definitely John Berger’s Ways of Seeing. This book is definitely one of the most influential books on art in any languages. He changed the way people see about art. The cover page of the book says it all ; “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.”


2-“Owning Art- The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook” by Luisa Buck & Judith Greer

Luisa Buck is a contemporary art columnist for The Art Newspaper and Judith Greer is a collector for nearly two decades and her and her husband are friends with many of today’s leading British artists. Whether you own a big collection of art or a small collector on a limited budget, this book should be your guide when it comes to owning art. The book introduces to several different ways of thinking about contemporary art. What’s more amazing about the book is that each chapter is supported by world renown artists, curators and collectors quotes.

Owning Art

3-“Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Another must read for anyone interested in the “art world”. Sarah Thornton is our spy inthe art world, her language makes us imagine all the places she traveled perfectly. She is amazing at keeping the reader engaged. The book is about all the aspects in the art world, including an art auction, an art fair , an art biennale and many more others. Each chapter covers most of the details and you can use to educate yourself about the art world game in order to become more successful.


4-“How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery”  by Edward Winkleman

Edward Winkleman is the director of the Edward Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea. This book is comprehensive reference for any gallery owners. Winkleman explains his experience step by step. The book has everything from writing a business plan to representing your artists. It is a must read book for everyone who is a part of the art world.

5-How to Write About Contemporary Art by Gilda Williams

Gilda Williams is a contemporary art critic, editor and teacher in Curating programme, Goldsmiths College, and Sotheby's Institute of Art. She is London correspondent for Artforum magazine and a member of the International Association of Art Critics. This book is valuable for both art students and art professionals. Williams knows every aspects of writing about art.  Director of Serpentine Gallery Hans Ulrich Obrist said 'An illuminating, engaging and urgent guide to contemporary art-writing. Essential reading for arts students ... invaluable for anyone involved in the art world’ about the book.



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