I’ve been out to the shops to buy some books and magazines to try and get back into Art.
One thing I had forgotten about it was how expensive buying all this stuff is. Better find a library that holds this stuff.
I picked up a copy of Theory in Contemporary Art: From 1985 to the Present to start with. I dithered over whether to get this or New Philosophy for New Media which looked like a book in my area of interest but Theory seemed to be better value and easier to read.
I can’t help but think that this is a really naive thing to do, getting back into Art will be better accomplished in other ways than just buying the requisite books. But to be honest I’m not really sure what to do, I’m just feeling my way.
I also bought Frieze and Map magazines. Frieze was always a bit too eclectic when it first started. I subscribed for a number of years but it never really dealt with things that I was particularly interested in. This edition, though, has some kind of review of how many people think art has changed. Nothing like a sound-bite for an easy read. I got Map for no other reason than that it just looked interesting.
UPDATE: How about that, Map is “the new contemporary art magazine from Scotland.” They have a slightly ropey website, not the best navigation.