From Books

Ah! by Josse Goffin

This is not how art history should be explained… or is it? There are all sorts of ways to contextualize art, but not enough choose fun as a mode for understanding art. Josse Goffin’s “Ah!” reminds me how much my children have taught me about art, especially how to see it through laughter, surprise, and …

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Mimi’s Dada Catifesto by Shelley Jackson

The story of Mimi’s Dada Catifesto follows a cat’s attempts to woo an artist into taking him home, while also introducing Dada art. The book has a few memorable lines like “Only art that does not look like art is art.” And a rant by the artist to a man dressed as a lobster saying, “…Dada is like …

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Board Book & Art Pairing: Global Babies

Did you see JR’s photos and videos of his new art installation on Instagram yesterday? Like his artwork for the Olympics in Brazil, he created his own scaffolding for his larger than life photograph. This one is closer to home (on the US/Mexico border). In honor of this artwork, I read one of my favorite …

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About Two Squares by El Lissitzky

About Two Squares is a book for children by Russian artist El Lissitizky that was first published in a dense art journal called “De Stijl” in 1922. The book weaves together the rigor of Lissitizky’s studio art practice with the mode of a children’s picture book. Different than most children’s books, you can read this book and …

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Meet David Hockney by Rose Blake

Meet the Artist: David Hockney is an art activity book illustrated by Rose Blake for Hockney’s current retrospective at the Tate Britain. The illustrations are fresh and unique. The activities invite you to play like you are in Hockney’s studio, giving you a great picture of Hockney and being an artist. Below are snapshots from the book and …

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Castello di Ama: the publications

Castello di Ama publishes small catalogs on each artwork they commission. Full of beautiful photographs, they unwrap the process and trigger the sense of the installation. Since these site-specific artworks won’t be traveling,  I am so glad I brought these thick brochures home. I also picked up a few postcards with simple line drawings of some of …

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Dorothea’s Eyes by B. Rosenstock

Most of us know Dorothea Lange’s photograph of a migrant mother (pictured above) that came to symbolize the Great Depression. The picture book “Dorothea’s Eyes” by Barb Rosenstock is a short story about Dorothea’s childhood and how she was able to “help us see with our hearts.” The book traces how she overcame obstacles to become a famous …

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The Magician’s Park by Gori & Mariotti

Last summer, our family of four went to Europe to chase art. Since we returned, I’ve been writing about our experiences, the art we saw, and the art books we found. And I still have more art from our trip to tell you about! We spent about two weeks in Italy and toured the Gori …

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Art is…

I like Art is… by Bob Raczka for the one page that says, “Art is a tower that isn’t quite straight.” Maybe the question, “What is Art?” is one of those questions you avoid answering for your children. Each page of this book has a possible answer and collectively they give room for a much clearer explanation. This …

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Our Favorite Art Books for Children of 2016

In the last year, Lines-Between has written over forty book reviews on children’s books about art that our whole family enjoys (that includes two old people and two preschoolers). It is difficult to find “art books” for children through Amazon. They are there, but the metadata and algorithms aren’t in our favor. And it is …

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