Suggestions for modern books and essays that address art and creativity?
January 11, 2013 6:11 PM Subscribe
I've been re-reading Tolstoy's "What is Art?" and Ayn Rand's "Romantic Manifesto".
I would like to read more about how we think about art and what we consider to be art as well as the relationship between the artist and society/culture.
I'm especially interested in how we think of art and what is my responsibility as an artist to the greater society and culture.
posted by Tchad to media & arts (20 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I want to begin to develop a better sense of the relationship and responsibilities of the artist to both their art and their relationship to society as a whole.
I'm not really interested in "History of Art" type books/essays. I have those.
Assume modern means post-1800 CE.
I think it needs to be said that, even though I mentioned Rand on the other end of the spectrum, I'm not really interested in Objectivist writings other than this. It is about getting a broad range, not about getting more Rand in my life.
I would like to read more commentary from creators who had broad things to say - not just limited to what they thought of themselves or their media.