Item description for No.1: First Works of 362 Artists by Francesca Richer & Matthew Rosenzweig...
Sincere and ironic. Hip and stodgy. Academic still lifes and ready to hang museum pieces. When you ask over 300 artists, "What was your first work of art" the results are vast. An inspirational collection, No.1: First Works by 362 Artists showcases works by a variety of contemporary painters, photographers, sculptors, and filmmakers. The artists were asked to submit what they considered their "first" work of art--not necessarily the first piece they ever created, but the one that first successfully represented who they are as an artist today. Some of the works are first "mature" works, others are seminal or pivotal, others are catalysts, some are new beginnings. These submissions, along with written artists' statements, make up this fascinating look at the process of art-marking. No.1 is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in art and the process of discovery and creation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 9.5" Height: 8" Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2005
Publisher D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 1933045094 ISBN13 9781933045092
Reviews - What do customers think about No.1: First Works of 362 Artists?
Interesting concept Sep 7, 2008
This book is exactly what the title says -- first works by 362 different artists. The artists were asked to submit what they considered their first work, so isn't always the first piece they displayed, but instead, what they considered an important piece in their career or something else like that.
Regardless, it's an interesting concept that provides a brief glimpse of many artists whom you probably haven't heard of before. The works span several decades and also span media: there are paintings, photos, film, sculpture, mized media, etc. Each entry is one or two pages, with commentary by the respective artist that can range from a couple sentences to a full page.
One thing to note -- the this site description is misleading. The authors are not the 5 artists listed; they are just five of the 362 whose works are included.