Spring for me is a season of duality — you have the lion and the lamb, the sunlight and the storms, which culminate in the first glimmers of new life — buds on the trees, dew on the grass. There is a feeling of well-earned freshness and re-birth after spring’s tumultuous beginnings. And so for me, Spring is often a time of reflection and introspection — almost a period of readying before the weather turns and the flowers bloom, sending us joyfully outside.
With this mood in mind, I decided to turn the lens on the aesthete box just a bit, by offering David Salle’s wisdom on how to engage and relate with art in latest book How To See — a beautiful examination of our inner experiences as viewers and a stunning book in its own right from one of the best contemporary artists today.
Continuing to work within spring’s introspective mood (and because I think artists working with illustration are often the best cultural observers and commenters), I chose to feature Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann and My Favorite Things by Maira Kalman — both great artists and observers of our time — and today we need space to highlight cultural observations and criticisms more than ever.
The sketchbook and pens? Those are simply gifts to help us get to the park bench on those first truly spring days, find the sketch artist and observer within us and feel that unique sense of freedom found within a fresh notebook and set of pens.