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Ways of Being: Advice for Artists by Artists

James Cahill


What if you could sit down with your favorite 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 ApolloThe Burlington MagazineCURA, ElephantThe Erotic ReviewFriezeThe Los Angeles Review of BooksLondon Review of BooksTimes Literary Supplement and The White Review. He is Consulting Editor of Flying Too Close to the Sun (Phaidon, 2018), a major new book on classical myth in art. He was recently a curator of ‘The Classical Now’, an exhibition at King’s College London. In 2017 he completed a PhD at Cambridge University, examining the relationship between contemporary art and classical antiquity.