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Ways of Being

Advice for Artists by Artists

James Cahill


What if you could sit down with your favourite artist and ask them anything you liked – Life? Work? Inspiration? Based on new interviews and archival material from a huge roster of artists, this book does exactly that. Is art a ‘career’, a vocation or something else entirely? Do you need a studio or a dealer, and how do you find one? Does financial success – or the lack of it – change you? Should you read the reviews? Encompassing every stage of an artist’s life – from early works to debut shows and mid- and late-career stages – this book allows artists to answer these key questions.

James Cahill is a writer and critic based in London. His writing has appeared in publications including Apollo, The Burlington Magazine, Elephant, frieze, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and The White Review. He has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, and King’s College London.

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