How to be an Artist (hardback)

How to be an Artist (hardback)


How to Be an Artist is an indispensable book of practical inspiration for creative people of all kinds. Brimming with dozens of brand-new rules, prompts, exercises, and tips designed to break through creative blocks, ignite motivation, and conquer bad habits, this book is designed to help artists of all kinds – painters, photographers, writers, performers – realize their dreams. Now, expanding on his viral cover story for New York magazine – and drawing on his decades of immersion in the art world – Saltz has the answers.

Includes such advice as:

  • Make art for now, not the future
  • No, you don’t need graduate school
  • Recognize convention, and resist constraint
  • Get lost
  • Listen to the wildest voices in your head
  • Know what you hate (it’s probably you)
  • Finish the damn thing!
  • How to recover from critical injuries

About the author: Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture. He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and a 2019 National Magazine Award. A frequent guest lecturer, he has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, and many others.

“I wish I had read these rules forty years ago and carried them around like a bible. By chance or design I’ve followed most of them at some point, but it took me a lifetime as an artist to find what worked. They are the generous, loving, enthusiastic, bullshit-free advice of a master communicator, just reading them makes me want to charge back into the studio” – Grayson Perry

“Being an artist is a lonely pursuit – twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the rest of your life. Most of the time it hurts. This book will help the pain” – Tracey Emin

  • Size 18.9 x 12.8 cm
  • Format Hardback
  • Page count 129 printed pages
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