The shelves at my place are packed with books. Many of them art books. Students of today use books....sometimes. More often they are online and in cyberspace for research and inspiration. Schools buy licences more and books less. In the olden days the masters were studied from two text books... Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages” and Janson’s “A History of Modern Art”.
Nowadays it is more likely that the curriculum will include the artist as entrepreneur, the spokesperson, the voice of the repressed and marginalised, the role of social media in art. The kids as a first go straight to Google and Wikipedia. This is the next generation of art historians, the gatekeepers of the future.
It used to be that if you made it into a book you were made as an artist... but I wonder if art books will even exist in the future? And if so, who will be writing them? Who will be reading them? And most importantly, who will be in them?
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