On March 2nd, me and Hrag Vartanian proudly introduced The Artist as Culture Producer, which included shout outs, readings by artist-contributors Morehshin Allahyari, Steve Lambert and Shinique Smith, and a book signing to follow with other contributors who were also in attenedance including Deana Haggag, Cara Ober, Jayme McLellan, Brett Wallace, Caitlin Masley, Michael Scoggins, Austin Thomas, Sharon Butler, Kat Kiernan, Matthew Deleget, Jean Shin, Mark Tribe and more. Over 225 people attended and the book oversold. It was amazing.
In case you missed it, here is the video of the event.
The Artist as Culture Producer received its first review today:
“In this book’s preface, editor, multimedia creator, and author (Living and Sustaining a Creative Life) Louden describes artists as ‘extending creative energies’ into their communities. True, but it’s the subtitle that characterizes this informative volume and continues the efforts of her first book: it’s a collection of essays by artists who, in their own words, explain how they chose their careers and how they've survived and thrived, creatively and financially. The life stories told here are by visual or cross-disciplinary artists working in a range of media (painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media). Most of them also pursue related occupations (writing, teaching, curating, running galleries). This title is a welcome alternative to so much of the general interest writing on art and artists’ lives, which tends to focus on attention-grabbing topics such as multimillion-dollar auction sales, celebrity gossip, or tragedy. The essays steer clear of literary flourishes and artspeak, offering straightforward descriptions of each individual’s struggles as they navigated life and career paths. Recommended for students and aspiring artists who hunger for this kind of real-life experience, advice, and wisdom, and for those in organizations that work with them.”—Michael Dashkin, Library Journal.
In this last issue of Mira Schor and Susan Bee's M/E/A/N/I/N/G, I contributed an essay calling for a mandate for artists to share their "wealth." This frames a lot of what I will be talking on my upcoming tour but also what I believe should happen in these days of uncertainty.
The essay is the third essay listed:
Thanks, Mira and Susan, and thanks to everyone for reading this. I welcome any feedback here.
I'm thrilled to share that "The Artist as Culture Producer," a book I edited of some amazing essays by people who are extraordinary artists, has been released! This 402 page book arrived today and is available for pre-order. For me, a book is a platform for conversation. Conversations at 80 venues start on March 2, 2017 at the Strand Book Store in New York.
You can preorder the book here.
Hope you will enjoy these essays as much as I do! Feel free to add your comments below. Thanks!