December 5, 2018

It is often said that if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. In his forthcoming book, The Pursuit of Pleasurable Workart + reading contributor Trevor Marchand approaches this idea from an artisanal perspective, exploring the motivations behind a renewed professional shift towards vocational training in craft-oriented trades, such as fine-w...

December 1, 2018

Art + reading co-editor Jenn Law has been reading Gustave Flaubert. Her latest exhibition, Still, is inspired, in part, by his realist approach to constructing narrative worlds through detailed descriptions of discrete objects in domestic spaces. She is especially taken by Flaubert's novella A Simple Heart, which focuses on the life, hardships, and affections of a French hou...

November 24, 2018

Meet Johannesburg-based artist (and art + reading contributor) Clive van den Berg, pictured in his studio in front of one of his paintings in progress, reading Philip Guston & The Poets by Kosme de Baranano (Germany: Hauser & Wirth, 2017). Clive encountered Guston's paintings in 2017 at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice and writes that he looks at Guston's images frequently,...

November 7, 2018

There is something transportive about reading a book set in a place that you are travelling. Art + reading contributor, Barbara Balfour, is currently living in Kyoto for three months while on research leave in Japan. Pictured here reading The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, she reflects on Tanizaki's gift for nuanced description and the immersive pleasures of tr...

November 4, 2018

On a chilly November day, it is lovely to imagine relaxing on a beach with a good book! Meet art + reading contributor, Kathryn Smith, pictured here reading Janet Malcolm’s Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers in Santander, Spain. A South African-born visual artist, writer, and curator, Kathryn is currently based in Liverpool, UK completing a PhD in forensic art...

February 22, 2017

Art+Reading is a serial publication aimed at examining the relationship between reading and making. Each issue includes an in-depth interview with an arts professional, always beginning  with the question “What are you reading?”  At the conclusion of the conversation, the interviewee provides a short reading list, in response to which a selection of artists and writers are invite...

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