January is Art Appreciation Month

Shepherd Park/Juanita E. Thornton LibraryStaff Picks

January is Art Appreciation Month

January is Art Appreciation Month. From galleries to museums to open spaces, art can provide enjoyment, challenge our thinking or provide a reflection of daily life. Below are selections of books featuring art history and appreciation for your reading pleasure.

501 Great Artists edited by Stephen Farthing
Discover the world's great artists through the centuries in this informative book. Each artist has a brief biographical profile and a list of masterworks. Full color illustrations and photos accompany each entry. A glossary of art terms follows at the end of the text.

The Sketchbook Project by Steven Peterman and Sara E. Peterman
In 2006, a unique art project was launched online: buy a sketchbook, fill it with artwork, and send it back. Thousands of sketchbooks were submitted from around the world. Today the sketchbooks are in a special archive at the Brooklyn Art Library. The book is organized by continent and contains an introduction about each one. The sketchbooks have incredible artworks, ranging from paint to pen and ink to pop up images. Also, profiles of the artists are included throughout the book.

Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance edited by Amy Helene Kirschke
During the Harlem Renaissance, African-American women artists faced challenges in their work. In this book, discover some of the noted women artists of the time and their contributions in painting, sculpting, printmaking, dance and other art fields. The book begins with a history of the Harlem Renaissance.

Miss Anne in Harlem by Carla Kaplan
The Harlem Renaissance has been the subject of numerous books. In this fascinating book, the author writes about an uncovered chapter of that time period. A group of white women collectively dubbed "Miss Anne" spent time in Harlem which attracted attention from the press. The women were from New York City's prominent families who supported the men and women of the Harlem Renaissance. The author focuses on six women who defied the conventions of the day. Color palates accompany the text.

Imprisoned by Arturo Benvenuti
In Sept. 1979, writer and artist Arturo Benvenuti set out on a journey.  His goal was to meet as many former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps as possible and to collect their stories. This book is the result of Benvenuti's four decades of research. The original black and white drawings depict powerful and haunting scenes as remembered by the survivors. Original essays and a bibliography are included.

Plus, be sure to explore the art databases available from DC Public Library's GoDigital page, and check out other recent art-related Read Feed lists: Art Appreciation 101 for Kids, The Art of Black History, and The Underworld of Art.