THE LONELY CITY – ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE

THE LONELY CITY - OLIVIA LAING

A for Art or possibly Autobiography? Psychology or Politics and Ideas? The Lonely City could legitimately sit on any one of these shelves. Working in a bookshop reinforces the importance of filing and the need to know where stock is, and more tantalizingly, understanding which position will tempt a browser. Part memoir and part artists’ biography, The Lonely City was written by native Brit Olivia Laing as a reaction to finding herself suddenly and unexpectedly living alone in New York. Her loneliness drove her to finding solace in the realm of visual art. Experienced by millions, but not widely…

PLAYING TO THE GALLERY – GRAYSON PERRY

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry’s Playing to the Gallery is his short guide to visiting a gallery, looking at art and asking questions we are too embarrassed to ask. It reads like a conversation, rather than an essay, which enables Perry to turn childlike questions into something more philosophical, appealing to my enquiring mind. The title is dual purpose as the word ‘Playing’ demonstrates his belief that art should be seen and enjoyed by a wide and non-exclusive audience but it also toys with the idea of modern exhibitors needing to ‘play the…