Reviews and Blog Posts: artists

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White oleander : a novel

by Janet Fitch

Reviewer Rating:
5

Twelve-year-old Astrid is the single star orbiting the bright white planet that is Ingrid, her poet mother. Together they’ve traveled across countries and continents, changing cities as Ingrid changes lovers. “When will we go home?” Astrid asks. “I am your home,” Ingrid answers. Astrid’s existence is ruled by her mother’s...

Yoko Ono : collector of skies

by Nell Beram

Reviewer Rating:
4

John Lennon once described Yoko Ono as "the world's most famous unknown artist”.  Art critic Arthur C. Danto observed, “Her fame made her almost impossible to see.”
Now authors Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky tell the inspiring story of this often misunderstood artist, musician and filmmaker in their book, Yoko...

The goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Reviewer Rating:
5

Donna Tartt chose to live a reclusive life following the hype over her debut novel, The Secret History.  After reading her newly released third novel, The Goldfinch, I ask:  Do we need an author to blog and make appearances at book signings or promotional interviews when they bare their soul...

Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir

by Ellen Forney

Reviewer Rating:
4

Graphic artist Ellen Forney creatively offers an intimate and dead honest look at her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her lengthy journey to find the meds that would handle it without side effects that were too debilitating. Forney captures both the manic and the depressive ends of the spectrum in brilliant cartoons...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

by Lucy Knisley

Reviewer Rating:
5

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

The gargoyle

by Andrew Davidson

Reviewer Rating:
4

How much does truth matter?  And, if it does matter, how do you define it?  Truth is the theme of The Gargoyle, a remarkable first novel.  We meet our nameless narrator on a cocaine high, driving too fast and hallucinating.  His inevitable, catastrophic wreck leads to horrific burns and a...

Great documentaries about the arts

cover for exit through the gift shop

I’ve been looking for some extra inspiration in the studio lately, so I’m revisiting favorite documentaries on the arts.

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy created this film using footage from a French shop owner obsessed with graffiti and meeting Banksy. Beautiful images, and a surprising twist.

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