Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey Among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How To See

Books on Tape. Feb. 2024. 10:15 hrs. ISBN 9780593745953. $85.50. FINE ARTS
With her cheerily enthusiastic narration, journalist Bosker (Cork Dork) makes the intimidating contemporary art world approachable. At the start of her research for the book, many a gallery door was closed to Bosker; however, she eventually secured two gallery internships where she learned how to stretch canvas, set up “white cube” spaces, paint walls, and partake in a hefty dose of art fairs and gallery shows. She slowly matured in her art appreciation and knowledge, eventually traveling to and selling pieces at Art Basel Miami and curating an art show in Hong Kong. Following her gallery stints, she served as an artist’s assistant, where she developed her eye, studied color and paint, and learned to “stay in the work” when viewing art. She joined collectors at New York art shows to witness the purchasing process, pondered whether or not an influencer’s posts on Instagram constitute art, and spent time as a Guggenheim security guard to gain further perspective. Her instructions to listeners on how to tour an art museum are entirely doable.
VERDICT Bosker’s foray into contemporary art will have listeners visiting local art museums or even pondering their own art purchases.
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