Artists read a wide variety of books

The importance of books in the lives of artists is the theme of a two-part feature in Arts Magazine, for which thirty-eight contemporary art-ists submitted lists of books that had proved to be of lasting significance in their lives [17, 18]. These lists are remarkable for their diversity and intellectual depth. Items cited range from the poems of Catullus to Huysman’s A-Rebours; from Lucy Lippard’s Ad Reinhardt to the Oxford English Dictionary. Books about art dominate only two of the thirty-eight lists.

JSTOR: The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, Vol. 66, No. 4 Oct., 1996, pp. 343-372.