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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, April 22, 2004
    Adventures in Art
    So what did I do with all those W.H. Smiths vouchers after all? Well, I couldn't get at all excited about investing in DVD technology, and it was a browse in Tate Liverpool's bookshop which eventually inspired me. I put in a Smiths order for ten books in the Adventures in Art series.

    They're kids books, really, I think. But I love them. Introductions to the work of various famous and influential artists, in colourfully-produced hardcover, with an interactive style, encouraging the reader to get alongside the artist in their workshop or spend a time in their physical- or thought-world.

    Here's one: Keith Haring: I Wish I Didn't Have to Sleep! which invites the reader to get inspired by NYC's restless creator of glowing dogs, and use their imagination in whatever ways it takes them (see pages here).

    Ten books - also including Bruegel's "Tower of Babel", two on Marc Chagall ("What Colour Is Paradise?" and "Life Is a Dream"), Paul Klee, Claude Monet, "A Day with Picasso", Leonardo Da Vinci: "Dreams, Schemes and Flying Machines", "The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali" and one called "Mind Boggling Mazes and Loopy Labyrinths". I shall perhaps live with one a month into the new year; it'll be a breeze.