Archive Bookshelf: A Reading List of 27 Soul-Quenching Books For Artists of All Kinds ? Words Published on February 15, 2019February 15, 2019By Archive Collective Magazine Egon Schiele on what it means to be an artist and why visionaries always come from the minority.On Rilke, Rodin, and the invention of empathy.Simone de Beauvoir on the artist’s task to liberate the present from the past.Ursula K. Le Guin on art, storytelling, and the power of language to transform and redeem.Sculptor Anne Truit’s account of coming to terms with the artist in herself, and the links between her life and work.Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Art and Letters,” on what it really means to be an artist:Mary Oliver on time, concentration, the artist’s task, and the commitment of the creative life.33 prominent contemporary creatives on what it takes to succeed in the art world.The true story of Henri Rousseau’s self taught rise to prominence, against all odds. Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artist.The anthropology of boredom, and its relevance to the creative spirit.John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of ArtistsPatti Smith’s wild account of youth, art and poetry against the backdrop of 70’s New York City.Conversations with Hockney including observations on other artists – Van Gogh, Vermeer, Picasso…The first comprehensive monograph charting the career of acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb.Susan Sontag’s collection of essays about the meaning and career of photographs.The intimate diary of Frida Kahlo detailing her political sensibilities and fierce artistic determination.Recipes and food-inspired treasures from the twentieth century’s greatest creative iconsAnn Patchett on writing and why self-forgiveness is the most important ingredient for great art.Adrienne Rich on art, freedom, and how silence feeds human creativity.Flannery O’Connor on artistic integrity and the artist’s responsibility to their muse.Photographer Teju Cole’s award wining photo-book accompanied with prose on travel and image making. Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir reflecting on art, life and death.A journey into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his paper cutouts. Rebecca Solnit explores issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place.John Berger’s stimulating and influential books on how we see and understand art.Paul Rand’s seminal texts on graphic design.