On Feb. 9, the British publisher Phaidon Press releases Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life, an art book which describes itself as an “art school without walls.” The book gathers a series of lessons from 36 artists working today, aiming to provoke, inspire and stimulate conversations on art.
Among these “artist-tutors”—a list which includes celebrated artists Marina Abramovic, Walead Beshty, Miranda July, Chris Kraus and Richard Wentworth—are CalArts alumni Christopher Williams (Art MFA 81) and James Welling (Art BFA 72, MFA 74), faculty Charles Gaines and Shirley Tse, and School of Art Dean Tom Lawson.
“Each artist has been given freedom to present their ideas and advice in their own style, which leads to an enjoyably rich collection of voices, some personal and chatty, others serious and academic,” says the art review outlet Creative Review.
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Lively, entertaining and poignant, the contributors draw on their extensive experience in the contemporary art world to share previously untold stories and identify the crucial things they wish they’d known at the start of their careers.
Their advice ranges from practical considerations about making art and managing professional relationships, to ideological perspectives on the nature of learning and the state of art education in the twenty-first century.
Academie X: Lessons in Art + Life is available for pre-order from Phaidon.