Art rules the world, but what about the rules of art? Artists need to push the envelope, be ahead of the curve, and if there are any rules out there it is the artist’s prerogative, if not God-given right, to break them.
Art rules the world. But what about the rules of art? In our current day and age, the general consensus seems to be that creativity, divine inspiration and art can never be bound by rules. Artists need to push the envelope, be ahead of the curve, and if there are any rules out there it is the artist’s prerogative, if not God-given right, to break them.
But up to the early 20th century, artists did not have the complete artistic freedom that they are believed to enjoy today. They were bound by rules of art, of decency and indeed of taste.
This books contains 51 art rules. From the age-old ‘Rule of Thirds’ to modern mantras like ‘Design isn’t art.’ Myths, like the one of the struggling artist, are dispelled, while other rules are merely confirmed with the help of quotes by
artists, theorists and art enthusiasts.
For each of the 51 rules covered in each book, Van Gaalen refers to quotes by famous fellow creators, who either think there is something to the rule or have made a personal variation on it.
Anneloes van Gaalen is a writer, enterpreneur and all-round creative.
After receiving her MA and MPhil in English, American Studies and Cultural Analysis, Anneloes van Gaalen started writing for a wide variety of international publications including Wired Magazine, Dazed & Confused, ID Magazine and Surface. She also worked as editor-in-chief of LE COOL magazine Amsterdam. These days she writes for Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool.
Anneloes van Gaalen has written several books on (street) art, design, fashion, advertising, branding, new media and travel. She wrote and edited the popular Ridiculous Rules books and Indie Brands.
''The book by pointing out the rules, approaches many subjects from different angles. It’s thought provoking as confronts the readers with often indeed ridiculous statements. It’s also fun to read not only because of playful content but due to unconventional layout''. -Boablog.com
Art rules the world, but what about the rules of art? Artists need to push the envelope, be ahead of..
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