Discussion Bound Book Club

Hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Meets the second Tuesday of every month at noon.  Please scroll to the current month and year to see what the club is reading now. 

The Brilliant History of Color in Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606064290
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Published: J. Paul Getty Museum - November 1st, 2014

The Brilliant history of Color in Art - December 2019 Selection

The history of art is inseparable from the history of color. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. Enter critically acclaimed writer and popular journalist Finlay, who takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of color in art. Written for newcomers to the subject and aspiring young artists alike, Finlay's quest to uncover the origins and science of color will beguile readers of all ages with its warm and conversational style. Her rich narrative is illustrated in full color throughout with 166 major works of art.

Fewer, Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632869647
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 7th, 2018

Fewer, Better Things - November 2019 selection

 Fewer, Better Things explores the history of craft in its many forms, explaining how raw materials, tools, design, and technique come together to produce beauty and utility in handmade or manufactured items. Whether describing the implements used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, the use of woodworking tools, or the use of new fabrication technologies, Adamson writes expertly and lovingly about the aesthetics of objects, and the care and attention that goes into producing them.

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998904146
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Published: Belt Publishing - February 6th, 2018

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia - October 2019 Selection

In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America's "forgotten tribe" of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America's recent fascination with the people and problems of the region. The book analyzes trends in contemporary writing on Appalachia, presents a brief history of Appalachia with an eye toward unpacking Appalachian stereotypes, and provides examples of writing, art, and policy created by Appalachians as opposed to for Appalachians. The book offers a must-needed insider's perspective on the region.
               Presented in conjunction with Appalachia Now!

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316226189
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Ninth Street Women - September 2019 Selection

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th-century abstract painting-not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.
               Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life. Her gamble paid off: At 23, she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.
               These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.
               Presented in conjunction with Intersections in American Art.

Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9783791383835
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Published: Prestel - August 11th, 2017

Seeing Slowly - June 2019 Selection

The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606065860
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Published: Getty Publications - October 2nd, 2018

The Art of Reading - April 2019 Selection

My Soul Has Grown Deep: Black Art from the American South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781588396099
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - June 5th, 2018

My Soul Has Grown Deep - February 2019 Selection

The Painted Word Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312427580
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Published: Picador - October 14th, 2008

The Painted Word - January 2019 Selection