So, this is the situation: yesterday I presented you for an ON-GOING READING LIST, today I have extended it. If this is how its gonna be, I’m heading towards a seriously busy summer – .
I started my morning reading a chapter of Christian McEwen’s inspirational book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. It is the kind of book which speaks directly to writers and makers – like a poetic resource-book. If you are interested in knowing more, you should have a look at Michelle Aldredge’s great presentation of McEwen over at Gwarlingo:
Writer and poet Christian McEwen understands the relationship between time and imagination better than anyone. Her new book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down makes a potent plea for us to live deeper, more deliberate lives. McEwen shows us that making art isn’t about squeezing yet another activity into an already overflowing schedule. It’s about making time for play and scheduling fewer activities and slowing down—creating what McEwen so eloquently describes as “a rich sufficiency of time.”
Agnes Martin and Arne Glimcher in New Mexico, March 5, 1979
Then I went on to read Arne Glimcher’s Agnes Martin—Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, (which I must hasten to add to my list, it is a MUST for every student of Martin’s work). In addition to Glimcher’s own story about his long lasting friendship with Martin, this very-very beautiful book also consist of Martin’s own notes, handwritten text reprinted in small leaflets added to the main book.
This is how Arne Glimcher’s book was presented by Karen L. Schiff in Art in America
Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances, by Pace Gallery owner Arne Glimcher, contains all the elements necessary to turn the tide. Glimcher gathers Martin’s images and manuscripts in sufficient quantity to recalibrate her oeuvre. He arranges them in fresh groupings and juxtapositions, using his curatorial finesse to craft many illuminating encounters. He also bares details of his experiences with Martin, via numerous Polaroids, a poetic chronicle of her somewhat illegal burial, and accounts of his studio visits in New Mexico. Many of the book’s materials were previously kept private, we learn, because Martin requested his biographical silence while she was alive.
So her I go, adding books to my list as if I had all the time in the world …
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I remember Shikai Zuiko Sensei referring to being “elegantly bored”. I found it evoked that sort of grace that occurs when one is comfortable with inactivity. Anyway, we both had a laugh at that.