Obsessed: Quirky’s Bookish Must Have’s For May


We just put up a huge show at the museum I work at and I have the blisters and puncture wounds to prove it. Being caught up in exhibition fever has me going through a bunch of exhibition catalogues online and I thought, why not share my favourite two?

El Anatsui: Art And Life
Susan Mullin Vogel

El Anatsui is one my favourite artists. The first time I saw one of his pieces I got chills and goosebumps so fierce I had to leave the room to breathe. His work references colonialism, global expansion and environmentalism all wrapped into one beautifully woven thing.

As someone from third-world nation, I relate to a lot of his pieces. Plus they’re just so beautiful, it almost hurts. Working in the art industry is hard and to see his pieces, it makes everything worth it. Plus the catalogue is just amazing. It’s excellently written, beautifully photographed and a true piece of scholarly work. What more can you ask for?

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Andrew Bolton

I got to see this show at the Met and there was a huge 2 hour line. It was a blockbuster show and I normally frown on such frivolous exhibitions but I was with friends and I didn’t have much say in the matter.

So imagine my surprise when I walked in and had another art moment? I had chills and had to grasp something to come around properly.

That exhibition was poetry. Every detail was polished and amazing. I dislike fashion (to an extreme in a way) and yet I was struck by the artistic nature of his garments. McQueen was a true example of how art can be found in something as random as clothing. So as I flip through this book again, you can definitely say that I’m obsessed.

So what are you obsessed with this month?



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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