LAS Loves

LAS Loves provides our students with a go-to guide of exhibitions, galleries, books, shops and websites.  We curate this list carefully, hoping that our choices will inform and delight as much as our classes do…

To do, to see and to buy

Book - The Art of Rivalry – Four Friendships, Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

By Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee explores the rivalry – and friendships –  between Degas and Manet, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, as well as Freud and Bacon. Sometimes a rivalry can be a very good thing, especially for the world of modern art.

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Book - The Unfinished Palazzo – Art in Venice

Luisa Casati, Peggy Guggenheim and Doris Castlerosse all called Palazzo Venier home, and hosted Nijinsky, Noel Coward and Yoko Ono between them. Learn more about the influence of these extraordinary women on both art, and the world around them.

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Book - Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story

By Bernadette Murphy

Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious ‘Rachel’ to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he really remove his entire ear? Murphy answers these important questions with her groundbreaking discoveries, offering a stunning portrait of an artist edging towards madness in his pursuit of excellence.

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Book - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman

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Book - Where My Heart Used to Beat

By Sebastian Faulks

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Book - Siracusa

By Delia Ephron

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Book - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

By Elena Favilli

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Book - Standard Deviation

By Katherine Heiny

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Book - Could Have, Would Have, Should Have

By Tiqui Atencio

High profile patron Tiqui Atencio interviews over 100 art-world figures (including Fatima Maleki, Eli Broad, Kenny Schachter and Damien Hirst) on what makes a great collection. Our favourite chapter is entitled, “What Was I Thinking?”. A must read for anyone starting their art collection.

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Book - Art is the Highest Form of Hope

By Phaidon

A wonderful collection of inspirational and insightful quotes from artists through the ages. A fantastic gift for any art lover. Our favourite?  “That’s me, the twenty-five year overnight sensation.” – Ed Ruscha.

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Book - The Improbability of Love

By Hannah Rothschild

When Annie McDermott buys a grimy, unprepossessing painting in a junk shop, little does she know it’s Watteau’s ‘The Improbability of Love’, long thought to have vanished or been destroyed. Suddenly Annie’s world seems full of unscrupulous people who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Rothschild paints her reader a vivid picture of London’s glamorous, cut-throat art-world in her pacy and beautifully-written satire.

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Book - The Arts Dividend

By Darren Henley

A fascinating insight into the seven key benefits that the arts brings to communities, written by the Chief Executive of the Arts Council, England.


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Book - Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art

By Virginia Heffernan

New York Times Magazine writer Virginia Heffernan looks at the internet as a giant, global collaborative work of art. A thought provoking read for those interested in art and technology and where the two meet.

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Book - Journey Interrupted

By Hildegard Mahoney

Recommended by one of our students, we absolutely loved this true story of a German-American family stranded in Japan just as Hitler invades Russia.

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Book - Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century

By Georgina Adam

This timely book from renowned art market expert and journalist Georgina Adam, explores the transformation of the art market from a dusty niche trade, to a $50 billion global market.  Essential reading for art lovers with an interest in the market.

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Book - The Little Mermaid

The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale is given a new lease of life with added illustrations by Yayoi Kusama.  A beautiful addition to any book collection, which was published in July.

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Book - The Day the Crayons Quit

By Drew Daywalt

A fun book for all budding artists of a younger age! This lovely, fun book tells the tale of a little boy’s box of crayons going on strike.  Rest assured, a happy ending is found!

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Book - Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art

A wonderful celebration (and the first effort by a major North American museum) to highlight female artists from the late 19th century to the present.

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Book - The Art Book for Children

By Gilda Williams (Phaidon)

A classic book for all art lovers has been re-worked for a younger audience.  A lovely book to give to children to pique their interest in art.  It asks questions such as “Can dressing up be art?” and “Can you paint a noise?” as well as looking at iconic works from the History of Art.

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Book - Artists Living with Art

By Stacey Goergen & Amanda Benchley

A fascinating insight into the homes of 25 Contemporary New York artists.  Not only does this book share what artists such as Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman hang on their walls – it also shares what their favourite period of art history is.  An intriguing read.

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