For centuries, books and reading have served as visual motifs in every artistic genre, from portraits of courtly elites to still lifes, illustrating the incredible power of putting books into art.
This lecture looks at a wide range of artists who found innovative and provocative ways to put books, people reading books, and scenes from books into their works. Included are artworks by Michelangelo, François Boucher, Winslow Homer, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Norman Rockwell, Pablo Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper, and many more!
This event corresponds with ARTicipation: Books in Art on March 23th. This workshop explores using books as subject matter in an art making experience. Personal expression of all levels will be encouraged to create a work of art that could be either abstract or realistic.
Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades, began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries, art centers, and museums in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida, and have been lecturing at New Canaan Library since 2010.