The Whisper Gallery Book Club takes you somewhere magical

At The Whisper Gallery, we bask in the glory of something done well, made well, said well and sung well. At The Whisper Gallery Book Club, nothing fills our hearts to bursting more than a beautiful book. Beautiful to look at, a balm to the senses or beautiful to read. Or both. Lighting, highlighting and enlightening, a good book gives forever, like a continual ray of sunshine. Except it’s your own personal ray of sunshine and it can shine on you for your whole life.

The Whisper Gallery Book Club takes you somewhere magicalImage ©Karim Ghantous

Print on paper or streamed beams it may be but a book is a gift like no other.

Springtime, yes. But anytime is good. It’s a portal to another world, a great escape, a chance to live the lives of others: to be their eyes and ears, experience their sensations, feel their love and face their perils. All from your favourite chair, bed stacked with pillows, bus, train, beach.

If the characters are authentic, ring true, then the author is nothing less than a Creator. Because it’s a life planted in the mind. As for the action – well that can take place anywhere, any time in the universe. Here and now, 400 years ago or 1 million years in the future. The words make it so and the words make it happen.

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The Whisper Gallery Book Club takes you somewhere magical

 

 Summer Reads. Books that take you somewhere magical

 

Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes 

Geeta Kapur (author), Kaelen Wilson-Goldie (author), Reid Shier (author)

Today the art world is more of a world in every sense, with a larger population, a wider territory and a greater number of nationalities. Its prevailing conversation, however, has yet to catch up. Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes uncovers twelve distinct avant-gardes that have emerged around the world in recent decades. Twelve curators each selected eight artists to represent the avant-garde of a specific city. These artists are senior figures or newer faces, artists working in familiar mediums or inventing their own, but they all share two qualities: a commitment to experimental art and a dedication to their local milieu. In dialogue with larger concerns, their unique sensibility can be found nowhere else. Lively, thought-provoking, comprehensive, and packed with more than 500 images, this book widens the expected historical narrative, allowing us to imagine a future of diverse aesthetics and shared concerns in the common language of contemporary art.

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 Summer Reads. Books that take you somewhere magical

 

The Whisper Gallery Book Club takes you somewhere magical

 

frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art 

Phaidon (author)

The ultimate guide to 25 years of contemporary art, as seen through the filter of the world’s leading contemporary art magazine

frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art charts the dynamic, changing landscape of the contemporary art and culture of the past quarter century. Drawing on frieze magazine’s exceptional back catalogue of articles, this book brings together a curated collection of over fifty engaging highlights. It features artist interviews; essays on subjects as varied as museums, photography, pre-historic art and television; and think pieces on broader cultural topics, such as fame, gentrification, nostalgia, and style. The book’s content – selected from throughout the magazine’s history – offers a guide to this dynamic era of visual culture, revealing the increasing internationalism, popularity, and market dominance of contemporary art.

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The Whisper Gallery Book Club takes you somewhere magical

 

 

 Summer Reads. Books that take you somewhere magical

 

Yayoi Kusama: All About My Love 

Kusama Yayoi (author)

Avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama’s matchless creativity and originality have been captivating the world since she moved from Matsumoto, her hometown in Nagano, Japan, to the USA in 1958. In the last ten years alone, her retrospective exhibitions in four major European and American museums, including Tate Modern, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, have seen record attendance.

Kusama has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. It ranges from works on paper featuring intense semi-abstract imagery, to soft sculpture known as ‘Accumulations’, to her ‘Infinity Net’ paintings, made up of carefully repeated arcs of paint built up into large patterns. This comprehensive publication, originally published to accompany a sell-out exhibition at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, offers a comprehensive overview of Kusama’s entire career, including works from her youth, when she indulged in drawing in order to escape from her hallucinations; paintings made when she was based in New York, including ‘Infinity Nets’ and ‘Polka Dots’; works from the1980s and 1990s, when she participated in the Venice Biennale; and last but not least, the ongoing large-scale series ‘My Eternal Soul’. The plates are in chronological order and followed by detailed captions.

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