The ARTful Book Club

Book lovers unite! Indulge your passion for art and reading by joining us for a curated selection of art-related books. 

  • 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted)
  • Cost: $5/meeting (unless otherwise noted). Click here to RSVP and pay, or bring at start of discussion meeting. No refunds.
  • Readers will be sent discussion questions prior to each meeting if they RSVP.
  • Readers must read the book in advance. We encourage you to bring your copy for the discussion.
 

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

Creativity, Self Help

Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Even while both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for—as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING. Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.

Saturday, February 22

 

Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey

Novel, Historical Fiction

From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he wins the commission to carve one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Leonardo’s life is falling apart: he loses the hoped-for David commission, he can’t seem to finish any project, he almost dies in war, and he begins a commissioned painting on his muse, which becomes known as the Mona Lisa. Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication, and Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius. Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. 

Saturday, March 7

 

Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim

Memoir, Art Collecting

Peggy Guggenheim is candid, clever, and entertaining as she gives an insider’s glimpse into the modern art world. Peggy headed for Europe in 1921 and began to sow the seeds for a future as one of modern art’s most important and influential figures. In Europe, she began her serious art collection and love affairs with prominent artists. Later, she would return to New York and open her own gallery, which would launch the careers of Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. 

Saturday, April 25