Advice to Young Artists in a Postmodern Era

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Dunning draws on art, art criticism, his own insight, and various studies of those characteristics that lead to success in art by providing the student with useful information on pursuing art and art as a career. From exploring the development of self-discipline, examining the learning process, and suggesting courses to take in school to setting up a studio and networking in the art world, he recommends a general strategy that he has seen work well for many young artists. Although aimed primarily toward artists, ...
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Overview

Dunning draws on art, art criticism, his own insight, and various studies of those characteristics that lead to success in art by providing the student with useful information on pursuing art and art as a career. From exploring the development of self-discipline, examining the learning process, and suggesting courses to take in school to setting up a studio and networking in the art world, he recommends a general strategy that he has seen work well for many young artists. Although aimed primarily toward artists, and often drawing upon a comparison to scientists, this book is designed to explain how to achieve excellence in almost any field to which the reader applies effort, whether art, music, science, or business.
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A thoughtful guide for art students, written by a veteran artist and teacher with the hope that it will help aspiring artists avoid some pitfalls. Dunning (fine arts, Central Washington U.) discusses teaching and learning art, dealing with critics, compiling portfolios, establishing Web pages, setting up a studio, keeping records and taxes (contributed by Ben Mahmoud), finding jobs, understanding politics in the art world, photographing work, and getting gallery shows. Contains many anecdotes about contemporary and famous artists that Dunning uses to illustrate his points. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606307
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Talent, Intelligence, and Art 1
2 Reading - and Reading Right 18
3 Artists and Teachers 38
4 Tradition and the New in Current Art 56
5 Artist and Artist's Image 72
6 The Color Monster 92
7 Galleries, Portfolios, and Web Pages 100
8 Jobs for Young Artists 125
9 Working Spaces 138
10 Records and Taxes, Ben Mahmoud 148
11 Blind Dancers 155
Bibliography 181
Illustrations 167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    A MUST HAVE!!!

    'Advice' is fantastic because it both challenging and accessible. Dunning demystifies art theory and makes it understandable! I have recommended this book to absolutely every artist I know. No other resource is as thorough. Owning 'Advice' is like having your own personal mentor. The bibliography is a summer reading list for anyone endeavoring to learn more about (and actually understand!) modern and postmodern art. This book was truly a re-starting point for me and a greater service to my curiosity and personal education than most of my time in undergraduate school. One of the most important books I own.

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