This is a collection of writings based on Henry David Thoreau’s isolation in the wilderness around Walden Pond. His insights into the inner workings of man and society are profound statements that offer helpful advice, especially when living in the city. One of the best Transcendentalist writers of his time, Thoreau challenges himself and others to break their patterns and admire the natural world around them. This collection also includes his essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.’ This essay reminds us to continually question what is presented to us and provides an alternative to violence when trying to enact change. A thought-provoking read and wonderful inspiration for all artists.
-recommended by Haylee Warner, Library Work Study Assistant
As someone who is particularly interested in looking at and creating abstract works, this book intrigued me after a quick glance through the pages. Divided into sections based on the visual elements of painting and drawing, Painting Abstraction investigates these subjects by analyzing the work of contemporary abstract painters. Not only does the author, Bob Nickas, make it compelling to be more conscious of these formal decisions while creating, but he also presents the reader with a database of contemporary painters who, in unique ways, demonstrate these elements. Whether it is a quick flip through or sitting down to read about an artist or two, this book is very handy for a visual artist.
-recommended by Sara Gantt, Library Work Study Assistant