In My View is a collection of reflections by 78 contemporary artists in which each artist reveals the influence and inspiration he or she has found in a particular artwork or artist. Among the artists are John Baldessari, Daniel Buren, Chuck Close, Michael Craig-Martin, Tacita Dean, Marlene Dumas, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, Thomas Hirschhorn, Candida Höfer, Vik Muniz, Jorge Pardo, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, Bill Viola and Rachel Whiteread. The works chosen range from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth century, some of them iconic, others lesser known. The accompanying essays are often very personal, recalling childhood memories and life-changing moments, and capturing the joy and excitement that come from encounters with great art. The stories show the profound connections that exist between artists past and present and offer an alternative look at art history from the 15th century to the 1960s, through the eyes of contemporary artists themselves. Simon Grant’s introduction identifies themes that emerge and contextualizes the history and practice of artists looking back at the work of others.
The book offers the reader an exclusive look at the challenges and obstacles that come to light as the artist tries to find his/her place in the international world of art. In the midst of the inspiration and ambition, we also get to see how past works haunt and provoke the contemporary artists to the extent that some have reproduced the works of past greats in search of understanding and peace of mind. Each artist’s entry is supplemented by a picture of the work that influenced/inspired the artist and in some cases by a picture of the contemporary’s attempt at reproducing an original work.