Cover image: George Stoll Untitled (15 tumblers on a 36 inch shelf #3) 8 3/4 x 36 x 7 1/2 inches Beeswax, paraffin and pigment on a painted wooden shelf 2012 photo by Ed Glendinning
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life:
Adam Sheffer, Partner, Cheim & Read Gallery
"Anyone serious about a career as an artist must read this book."
Michael Straus, Chairman, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
"Sharon Louden has invaluably gathered together in this book an exceptionally diverse range of artists' experiences in order to illustrate, in a manner otherwise inaccessible, the inherent tensions that artists face in constantly balancing their drive to devote core time and energy to creating new work and their wish to share that work with the world with the complexities, as well as the joys, of their personal and family lives."
Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director, Creative Time
"Doing it all -- from surprisingly frank sharings on the struggles of starting out as young artists to the challenges of making time and space for creation, the artists in "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" share with candor and heart just what it takes to be an artist today."
Olga Viso, Executive Director, Walker Art Center
"I applaud artist Sharon Louden for assembling this fascinating compilation of artist testimonies. It provides a refreshing, honest look at the myriad ways that artists shape and feed their lives and evolve authentic, generative practices in a society that does not always make it easy for artists to subsist and fully contribute. "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" is thus an inspiring, unexpurgated resource for artists beginning their careers as well as any individual seeking to recalibrate his or her daily life to pursue a more purpose-filled existence."
Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
"Too often the story of how an artist makes art and a living is advertised as either a step into an abyss of debt and dementia or a glamorized Bohemia misunderstood by a general public. Yet, what these artists demonstrate in this valuable book is that the common bond for us all who aspire to a well lived life is blood, sweat and tears are the elements all the dreams are made of. From artists living off of sales of their work, to those who teach, and those who search for paychecks in odd jobs, the desire to create is never extinguished."
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