Michael Craig-Martin’s book titled ‘On being an artist’ is a collection of thoughts and notes that he has written over his career. The book is written in an informal style, making it easy to read. They range from chapter titles such as, ‘On advice for the aspiring artist,’ to ‘On British attitudes to contemporary art.’ Michael presents an interesting and insightful account of a young artist finding his way into the contemporary art world.
Michael Craig Martin who was born in 1941 studied Fine Art at Yale University for Art and Architecture. In 1966 Michael crossed the Atlantic and started a new life in England. To support his artistic practice Michael started teaching. The highlights of the early part of his career include the artwork ‘An Oak Tree’ (1973) and teaching artists such as Damian Hirst, Julian Opie and Gary Hume at Goldsmiths.
Michael Craig-Martin’s clear and concise explanation of conceptual art while discussing, ‘An Oak Tree’ (1973) is one of the many interesting parts of the book. He points out that mistakenly many art critics try to see a literal concept rather than treat as a poetic idea. The artwork creates a suspension of disbelief and highlights how conceptual art doesn’t exist in the object itself but in the mind of the viewer. As a mental concept ‘An oak tree’ like all conceptual art, it is a trigger to encourage contemplation. The work highlights how art creates a place inside your head where you can go on your own to process the world and its complexities.
Michael has established a highly successful international art career. Throughout the book, Michael gives a very honest account of the highs and lows of being an artist. I found his frankness and openness thought-provoking. However, Michael says with all sincerity,
“I would never advise anyone to become an artist. If you have another option, take it.”
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As an artist myself I found Michael’s personal account and practical information is very informative. I enjoyed the clear and concise ideas and concepts, which are explained in a friendly and helpful manner. I am sure the book would also be interesting and engaging for anyone who is interested in the life of an artist.
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