Letters to a Young Artist by Peter NesbettThis pocket-sized book contains a collection of two dozen letters all commissioned from established artists to a fictitious young artist, a recent art-school graduate who is struggling with the moral and practical implications of being an artist in New York. The young artist asked a selection of his heroes, Is it possible to maintain ones integrity and freedom of thought and still participate in the art world? Responding artists--including Gregory Amenoff, Jo Baer, John Baldessari, Jimmie Durham, Joan Jonas, Adrian Piper, William Pope Lawrence Weiner and Richard Tuttle wrote back with advice (Gregory Amenoff: Keep away from art fairs.); encouragement (Joan Jonas: The answer is the Work. To Work. To care about the Work.); and cautionary tales (Adrian Piper: Young artist, it is highly unlikely that you will be rewarded professionally for reaching this point. Nor will it make you popular. On the contrary: you will develop a reputation for being difficult, uncooperative, inflexible, or even self-destructive; and treated [or mistreated, or ostracized, or blacklisted] accordingly.). Twelve of these letters were originally published in Art on Paper. This book expands considerably upon that project.
Letters to a Young Poet Summary & Study Guide
But how can character be cultivated in such a way as to foster that prized form of personal dignity, along with its sibling qualities of confidence and self-esteem? Art should take what is complex and render it simply. It takes a lot of skill, human understanding, stamina, courage, energy, and heart to do that. I am interested in the artist who is awake, or who wants desperately to wake up. I am trying to make a call, with this book, to you young brave hearts who would like to find new collaborations with scholars, with businesspeople, with human rights workers, with scientists, and more, to make art that seeks to study and inform the human condition: art that is meaningful. She writes:. Confidence is a static state.
Written in the form of letters to an aspiring artist, 'Letters to a Young Artist' includes Julia Cameron's hints on how to become an artist and encourage the creative flow. Full of exercises - she suggests, for example, writing 14 pages on anything every morning - and advice on an artist's approach to many aspects of life, including work and play, rest and exercise, adventure and security, relationships and sex, personal appearance. There are inspiring ideas on what to write about and invaluable encouragement in dealing with creative blocks and temporary failure. Julia Cameron is the author of fifteen books, fiction and non-fiction, many plays and movies. She lives in the high desert of New Mexico where she busies herself with movies, musicals, poetry, horses and dogs. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over
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This book consists of ten letters, written by famed poet Rainer Maria Rilke, to a Young Poet who initially sought him out for writing advice, but ended up learning a great deal about life. The letters encourage the Young Poet to develop an understanding of, and connection, to his inner creative soul. In doing so, Rilke explores themes relating to the necessity of solitude, the relationships between creativity, nature and sexuality, and the importance of living a full life. Over the years the book originally published by the Young Poet to whom the Letters were originally written has come to be seen as a kind of guide to life, not just for artists and other creative individuals but for anyone determined to get in touch with her own humanity. Rilke thanks the Young Poet politely for sending him his work for criticism, commenting briefly but gently that the work is, for the most part, immature and underdeveloped.