In My View

In My View

Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists

  1. Edited by Simon Grant
  2. With essays by Tomma Abts
  • ISBN 9780500238967
  • 26.00 x 18.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 208pp
  • 152 Illustrations, 135 in colour
  • First published 2012

With over 150 illustrations, In My View provides an intimate look at the imaginations of more than seventy-five international artists, all of whom reflect on an artist who has inspired or influenced them. It’s an entirely fresh way of looking at art, seen directly through the eyes of the artists themselves.

‘A brilliant, argumentative and provocative anthology, ideal for dipping in and out of … We come away from this book with all sorts of avenues to explore ourselves, and an enhanced understanding of the talents and even visionary genius of artists past and present’ – Marina Vaizey, V&A Magazine
‘A simple idea elegantly executed in an attractive, compact, well-illustrated volume’Best Books 2012,The Financial Times
‘A terrific idea. This wonderful book presents an entirely new way of looking at art … the deeply personal stories reveal the profound connections between artists, shedding light on the work of both the past and the present creators, as well as capturing the joy that can come from encounters with great art’ – Good Book Guide
‘Invariably fascinating’ – Spectator
‘Absorbing … elegantly designed and cleverly conceived’ – The Art Newspaper

In My View features art from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth century, often supplemented with work by the selecting artists themselves.

Some provide unusual reflections on familiar figures from the past – such as Rachel Whiteread on Piero della Francesca, Chuck Close on Vermeer, or Eija-Liisa Ahtila on Picasso. Some contributors have selected lesser-known artists – from Francesco Clemente on Henry Fuseli to Tomma Abts on Itō Jakuchū – 
revealing surprisingly strong private passions.

The stories show the challenges, provocations and revelations that can be found when one artist looks closely at the work of another.

See the List of Artists represented
Read an extract from In My View

Simon Grant is a writer and art historian, and has been editor of Tate Etc. magazine since 2004. His writings on art include catalogue essays on Paul Nash, Keith Tyson and Tacita Dean, and articles for the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, Parkett and The Burlington Magazine.