This past weekend I was in Chicago for a friend’s wedding and had the opportunity to spend a rainy afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago. The above is one of the pieces I particularly liked (“Harvest Talk” by Charles Wilbert White).
What I noticed is that the more time I spend in art museums, the more I really enjoy them. I’ve never been someone well-schooled in the arts, with music being my primary area of artistic focus (whether from a listening perspective or even performing from a while back). However, I am realizing it is an area I want to explore a great deal more.
So who here has some good ideas on how to approach my own little personal art education voyage? Are there any good books on art appreciation or art history you can recommend?
I do realize a big piece of this process is just going to the museums and checking this stuff out, so that I will definitely be doing. However, I am looking to round out my own understanding of art, it’s history, the meaning behind certain pieces (whether painting, sculpture, pastels, etc.)
Someone here must have a clue on this when not laboring under the iron in their free time.