Suzanne Bennett

Painter

Member since 2007

Personal library

“Currently on my nightstand.”

The Secret Life of Puppets

by Victoria Nelson

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“A very interesting (tho dense) book about how art & culture have taken on the key themes of the supernatural and ‘magic’ in the last two decades since the Judeo-Christian culture moved more towards Rationalism and Secular Humanism. It’s about how we now satisfy our human desire for immortality through literature & pop culture and why that is. It’s very well-written.”

                                                                    

Last Chance for Eden

Selected Art Criticism by Christopher Knight (1979-1994)

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“Essays by the long-time art critic of the LA Times. He’s a very independent thinker & has a lot of integrity in his writing, in my opinion. He writes well about 70’s & 80’s artists especially.”

                                                                   

The Devil In the White City

by Erik Larson

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“The non-fiction account of the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago and two men who operated simultaneously in the city at that time: one a brilliant architect and one a sociopathic serial killer who prayed on young innocents who were drawn to the new urban life. Reads like a novel, totally engrossing.”

                                                                   

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

by Lydia Davis

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“Strange, imaginative & affecting stories in a completely modern & unique style. Smart & surprising.”

                                                                      

Revolutionary Road 

by Richard Yates

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“Forget the movie (which was pretty god-awful), the book is funny & fantastically written and years ahead of it’s time, making it feel relevant. Some of the sentences are like beautifully crafted silverware, they’re so sharp & efficient. It doesn’t exactly have a ‘feminist’ ending, but it’s so honest & raw (and actually has a powerhouse of a female lead) I could overlook it.”

                                                                   

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The Kiss, 2013, oil on canvas. Currently showing in “The Situation”- an exhibition of Bennett’s sitcom paintings at Penn State Harrisburg’s Morrison Gallery through March 29th. Read about her sitcom paintings in a studio visit post I wrote here as part of the blog documenting the chain of studios visits for the 2013 Collectively Assembled: 28 visits, One Show tART exhibition at A@R. You can check out more of Suzanne Bennett’s sitcom paintings here.

tARTreads:

the who where when what & why of books read by tART members

a post by Ann deVere

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