Best Art Books

Best Art and Creativity Books

Looking for good art books? This is my list of the best art and creativity books of all-time. If you only have time to read one or two books, I recommend looking at the Top Art and Creativity Books section below.

Further down the page, you'll find more art book recommendations. Many of these books are fantastic as well. I try to carefully curate all of my reading lists and you can be sure that any art book on this page is worth your time. Enjoy!

The Top Art and Creativity Books

Ignore Everybody
by Hugh MacLeod
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The Book in Three Sentences: Nobody knows the best way to deliver your unique idea, no matter how smart they seem. Every artist has to find a way to make a living and share their work, preferably in a way that doesn’t ruin both. Finding your own voice and sharing that voice with the world is the most important thing.

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The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life
by Twyla Tharp
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Best Artist Biographies

Born Standing Up
by Steve Martin
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The Book in Three Sentences: Steve Martin was one of the most successful comedians of his generation. In his words, his career involved “10 years spent learning, 4 years spent refining, and 4 years spent in wild success.” This fantastic book provided beautiful insights not only into the details of his comedy act, but also into his early life and career development.

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Just Kids
by Patti Smith
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Best Photography Books

Intimations of Paradise
by Christopher Burkett
Print

The Book in Three Sentences: A book of 73 photos by master landscape photographer Christopher Burkett.

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Resplendent Light
by Christopher Burkett
Print

The Book in Three Sentences: A book of 68 photos by master landscape photographer Christopher Burkett.

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More Art and Creativity Book Recommendations

Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamott
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The Book in Three Sentences: To become a better writer, you have to write more. Writing reveals the story because you have to write to figure out what you’re writing about. Don’t judge your initial work too harshly because every writer has terrible first drafts.

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The Practicing Mind
by Thomas M. Sterner
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The Book in Three Sentences: All of life is practice in one form or another. Actively practicing something is very different from passively learning. You will never reach a level of performance that feels complete, so learn to love the art of practicing your skill.

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Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews
by Calvin Tomkins
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The Book in Three Sentences: This book is a collection of transcriptions from a series of interviews between writer Calvin Tomkins and artist Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp believed strongly in doing work that was free from tradition and starting with as much of a blank slate as possible. He was also quite playful, worked slowly, and saw laziness as a good thing.

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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
by Mason Currey
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