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In My View

Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists

Simon Grant


A wonderfully eclectic mix of artworks selected by more than 75 international artists, providing an alternative history of art from the 15th century to the 1960s


Behind the closed door of the contemporary artist's studio is a hidden world of images - those artworks from the past that have inspired, animated, troubled or consoled the artists of today. In My View reveals that hidden world, providing an intimate look at the imaginations of more than seventy-five international artists, each of whom reflects on an artist who has inspired them or influenced their practice. This book proposes an entirely fresh way of looking at art, unmediated by historians or art critics, and seen instead directly through the eyes of the artists themselves.

Arranged alphabetically by selecting artist, In My View features artwork from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth century, often supplemented by images of work by the selecting contemporary artist. Some of the artist contributors provide unusual and individual reflections on familiar figures from art history - such as Rachel Whiteread on Piero della Francesca, Chuck Close on Johannes Vermeer, or Eija-Liisa Ahtila on Pablo Picasso - unearthing personal connections that the contemporary artists have with art from the past. Other contributors have selected lesser-known artists whose work has deeply moved them - from Francesco Clemente on Henry Fuseli to Tomma Abts on Ito Jakuchu - revealing private passions that are surprisingly strong.

The stories told show the profound connections that exist between artists, variously setting the historical scene, suggesting novel interpretations, or speaking of the challenges, provocations and revelations that can be found when one artist looks closely at the work of another. The reflections are deeply personal, recalling childhood memories and life-changing moments, as well as capturing the pure joy and excitement that comes from encounters with art.

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'A brilliant, argumentative and provocative anthology, ideal for dipping in and out of … We come away from this book with all sorts of avenues to explore ourselves, and an enhanced understanding of the talents and even visionary genius of artists past and present'
Marina Vaizey, V&A Magazine

'A simple idea elegantly executed in an attractive, compact, well-illustrated volume'
Financial Times (Books of the Year)

'Invariably fascinating'
The Spectator

'Absorbing … elegantly designed and cleverly conceived'
The Art Newspaper

'A terrific idea. This wonderful book presents an entirely new way of looking at art … the deeply personal stories reveal the profound connections between artists, shedding light on the work of both the past and the present creators, as well as capturing the joy that can come from encounters with great art'
Good Book Guide

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 26.0 x 18.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 152

Publication date: 24 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500238967

Contents List

Introduction by Simon Grant, followed by over 75 artists discussing their favourite works of art, among them: Frank Auerbach on Henri Matisse • Miroslaw Balka on Michelangelo • Vija Celmins on Philip Guston • George Condo on Rembrandt • Michael Craig-Martin on Marcel Duchamp • Gregory Crewdson on Edward Hopper • Thomas Demand on Paolo Uccello • Dr Lakra on Hieronymus Bosch • Marlene Dumas on Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres • Antony Gormley on Jacob Epstein • Thomas Hirschhorn on Andy Warhol • Candida Höfer on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe • Annette Messager on William Blake • Beatriz Milhazes on Hans Memling • Vik Muniz on Peter Paul Rubens • Jorge Pardo on Gustave Courbet • Cornelia Parker on Man Ray • Ed Ruscha on John Everett Millais • Hiroshi Sugimoto on Petrus Christus • Do Ho Suh on Kim Jeong-hui • Bill Viola on Giovanni Bellini • Mark Wallinger on Diego Velázquez • Franz West on Caravaggio • Rachel Whiteread on Pierro della Francesca • Zhang Huan on Leonardo da Vinci and more

About the Author

Simon Grant is a writer and art historian, and has been editor of Tate Etc. magazine since 2004.

Tomma Abts is a visual artist, who won the Turner Prize in 2006. She was born in Germany and currently lives and works in London, UK.

List of Contributors

Tomma Abts, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Allora & Calzadilla, Pawel Althamer, Eleanor Antin, Rasheed Araeen, Kader Attia, Frank Auerbach, John Baldessari, Miroslaw Balka, David Batchelor, John Bock, Daniel Buren, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Peter Campus, Spartacus Chetwynd, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, George Condo