Arty 15: May 2004
and what is the use of a book thought Alice without pictures or conversations
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Its true a book without pictures just doesnt have the same appeal. The best bits of a biography are the shiny picture pages and childrens books nearly always have them. I always loved the covers of low brow romantic fiction, constantly refering back to their delicately painted heroines. So Im very happy that novels are getting in on the picture act. Both W.G Sebalds Austelitz and Mark Haddens The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime have pictures and it makes them more accessible and almost three dimensional.
When I first started planning this Books issue of Arty I decided to ask all the contributors for a list of their top five books which I intended to compile into a chart of Artys top fifty books. Well of course it didnt quite work out. Some contributors named three books, some named six and no two named books were the same. So that put paid to that.
The original idea for the Books issue came from Tanya Peixote at Bookartbookshop and she along with Kelly Wellman contributes an article about the possibilities of artists books. There are also interviews and loads of other irreverant book stuff and of course Arty is as usual packed with both writing and pictures
Oh and by the way here are my favourite five books;
Austelitz W.G Sebald
Looking Awry Slavoj Zizek
The Sea The Sea Iris Murdoch
The Magic Toyshop Angela Carter
Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley Peter Guralnick
Arty 15 contributors:
Delaine Le Bas
Damian Le Bas