Below is a curated list of my favourite Books, podcasts, and websites.
Management of Art Galleries by Magnus Resch. Are you curious about how galleries operate, if they make a profit and what constitutes for a successful art business? Reading this book confirmed everything I experienced and contemplated in my time in gallery management. A must read for those interested in the business of art.
Michael Finlay's The Value of Art is a true insider's guide which explains the market for art and art's value for all of us.
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson. A well researched and insightful book on the economics of the contemporary art world.
When I started on my entrepreneurial journey, the first two books I read and connected with were The $100 Dollar Startup By Chris Guillebeau and Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar by James Marcus Bach. Both demystify the art of starting a small business and autodidactic learning. You can also check out Guillebeau's post on starting a blog - pure and simple.
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking - by David Bayles and Ted Orland
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist - Caroll Michel's resource for artists at any stage in their career. I consider this the artist's bible!
ARTISTS AND DEALERS
A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World - by Marcia Tucker. I finished this book inspired and full of gratitude for Tucker's contribution to the art world. Her foresight and innovative mind led her to take "principled stands that have changed the way art museums consider contemporary art."
The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Halpert and the Making Of the Modern Art Market - by Lindsay Pollock. If you are interested in opening a gallery...read this book. "Halpert cultivated the most illustrious art collectors of the day, invented the market for folk art, and pushed the first group of American artists working in a modern vernacular into the history books, including Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ben Shahn, and Arthur Dove".
The Art Dealers - by Laura de Coppet and Alan Jones. If you want to know what goes on in the minds of art dealers - read this book. This is the back story of the important names on the door, the gatekeepers of the art world.
Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere - by Michael Kimmelman. Beautifully written biographical essays on art that will make you think. In this book you'll find the essays so engaging you'll often feel as though you're eavesdropping on an intimate conversation.
Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time - by S.N. Behrman. This is the book I was handed when I first became a gallery director. Duveen was a virtuoso salesman who filled the mansions of the rich (John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and William Randolph Hearst) with masterpieces.
Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women Artists by A.K. Prakash. I was fortunate to spend a couple of afternoons with Prakash talking about our mutual passion for art. This book is a must for anyone interested in Canadian art and especially women artists of eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Another well researched and meticulous book by Prakash is Impressionism in Canada.
Growing Pains - The Autobiography of Emily Carr. I was gifted this book by a prominent dealer who told me to study the work of Emily Carr for she was truly an original and an icon in Canadian art history.
The Art Prophets by Richard Polsky. Interesting book which discusses some of the highly influential, forward thinking art dealers and artists who helped change the very definition of art.
33 Artists in 3 Acts - by Sarah Thornton. Thorton takes you right inside the artist's studio and offers insight into their habits and attitudes on making it in the art world.
Lives of the Artists: by Calvin Tomkin. Biographical essays which delve into the lives 10 contemporary artists.
CREATIVITY & GETTING "UNSTUCK":
Big Magic - by Elizabeth Gilbert. Funny, straightforward and highly motivating book that will induce you to follow your artistic dreams and to live life creatively and whole-heartedly.
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion - Elle Luna. A creative and inspiring book for the eyes, and the mind. Are you at a crossroads with your life and career? Read this book.
Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide To Starting and Completing Your Work of Art - Eric Maisel is a master at unlocking those creative blocks with easy to follow exercises substantiated by real life case studies.
It's Not How Good You Are It's How Good You Want To Be - Paul Arden. The title says it all - a deliciously quick read and highly insightful!
Damn Good Advice - by George Lois. Simple and direct.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles - Steven Pressfield's 'kick in the pants' for any creative. I also recommend his other book Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work. It's a must read for anyone who is passionate about creating and living a meaningful life.
Choose Yourself by James Altrucher. This book made me laugh out loud. Altucher is a witty, no holds barred writer.
Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim. Explores both the emotional issues of leaving the corporate world and the basiscs of launching a business. I also enjoyed her book Body of Work. Through useful exercises and personal narrative, Slim's book helps navigate today's career world while maintaining a sense of self and personal passion.
Imagine: How Creativity Works - by Jonah Lehrer
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey. When I read this I no longer felt ashamed about my need for my own, quiet space in order to write or create art.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink is where Pink's in depth research reveals the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Dan Pink often refers to Csikszentmihalyi's work which promoted me to read this fascinating book.
Thinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman. "Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives--and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble." (source: amazon.ca)
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - by Robin Sharma. One of the most beautiful books I have ever read on discovering life's true meaning and purpose.
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl. An incredibly moving book where Frankl argues that "we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose".
The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a classic, with easy and effective tools to implement in your life right now.
Blogs & Newsletters
Eflux - e-flux is a publishing platform and archive, artist project, and curatorial platform.
Art Agenda - provides detailed information about exhibitions and projects at many of the leading commercial art galleries, art fairs, and magazines from around the globe.
Art News - Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely-circulated art magazine in the world.
Art & Education - Art & Education distributes information about some of the world’s most important contemporary art exhibitions, publications, and symposia taking place within educational contexts, as well as academic employment positions available in the visual arts.
Painters Keys - A newsletter started by Robert Genn that arrives in your inbox Tuesday and Friday mornings for often timely inspiration.
Brain pickings by Maria Popova. A beautiful and consciously curated website and newsletter. Fabulous resource for any creative.
School of Life - "Devoted to helping emotional intelligence through the help of culture". Also check out their Tool Kit for Life Vol I&II. These are excellent little books, extremely well written and a pleasure to read and learn from.
Seth Godin - daily inspiration from the MAN.
ART IN FILM:
Untitled by Jonathan Parker. One of my favourite films on conceptual art. Hilarious and from personal experience - very true!
More incredible films inspired by art: Frida, Fur, Pollock, My Left Foot, Modigliani, Camille Claudel, Mr. Turner, Basquiat, Exit Thought the Gift Shop, Big Eyes, I Shot Andy Warhol, Crumb, Vincent & Theo, Art School Confidential, Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?
Art in Fiction:
The Art Forger - by B.A. Shapiro. Great mix of history and mystery and an added dose of art forgery insight.
EO on Fire with John Lee Dumas
More podcasts on the visual arts
Arts Organizations & GRANTS
Transartists - Information on artist-in-residence opportunities worldwide
Hills Strategies - Statistical insights on the arts