360 Staff Pick: 101 Things to Learn in Art School

Blog: 12.08.11

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 11:50 AM

Since Kit White and I met when I was a freshman in college, I've just realized that means we've been friends for two-thirds of our lives. He is pretty much the same person he was then: philosophically serious but funny and fun, learned, lucid, wise, and a painter of gorgeous, emotionally riveting abstract pictures. Of course, his work has now sold in lots of fancy galleries and and been acquired by museums, and he's probably wiser than he was at 21. And he's also taught painting to undergraduates and graduate students for the last couple of decades.

So this seems like the perfect moment for him to distill 30-odd years of artistic practice and pedagogy into 101 Things to Learn in Art School, this inspiring yet straightforward, sophisticated yet succinct guide. (It's also an exceptionally handsome little object.) There cannot be a better, smarter manual for anyone crazy enough to want to become a visual artist, or for the encouraging and/or bewildered loved ones of such a person.

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Feb. 09 2014 01:56 AM
Jenny from Washington, DC

I recently saw this book at my public library. As someone who has been been out of art school and living in art for a long while, I found the book to be too academic and held too tightly to the traditional art school canon. It brought back a so many memories of how sincere and thoughtful I was regarding what my teachers taught me. I do not long for those early days of being immersed in art school, and I thoughtfully chose not to refresh that uncomfortable sense of rigidity that comes with books like Mr. White's.

Jul. 14 2012 03:48 PM

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