Essential Books: 7 Compelling Artist Biographies – ARTnews


Whatever the case, a good artist biography makes for compelling reading, as you’ll see in our list of recommended titles. Bolstered by lavish reproductions, Isaacson’s book is an unabashed celebration of the original Renaissance Man. As Leeming recounts, Delaney called Paris his true home and eschewed the label of “Negro artist.” Yet he was proud to be black—a contradiction of a piece with the larger one between his buoyant work and his difficult life.

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