Art: Become Confident Fast received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.
Following find an interview with author Aron Kuehnemann.
What is the name of the book and when was it published?
Art: Become Confident Fast. Published September 2017.
What’s the book’s first line?
“When Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa, on Monday morning, August 21, 1911, he would later claim patriotism as the motivation.”
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
The book is about visual art and providing readers enough unique insight into art world topics that they can accelerate understanding and confidence. Through a series of frameworks and questions I empower readers to construct their definition of visual art, develop processes to analyze how (and if) an artwork grabs them, and find ways to interpret and discuss their reactions.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
Running an art sharing business, I realized that neither myself, nor my clients, were immediately comfortable with the “art world” and that greater comfort would drive increased enjoyment. Viewing artwork is completely natural and yet somehow visual art sits a world apart. I’d like to bring more people into the fold who otherwise think they don’t have much time for viewing or reading about art.
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
Someone should read the book because they won’t find this depth or breath of art world information in such a digestible yet challenging volume anywhere else. I haven’t found introductory art books on the market that cover the full range of art topics – most are linear art history or deep philosophy, and a reader would need 4-5 to cover the basics.
When did you first decide to become an author?
Journaling is among my first memories. I always wanted to write but didn’t decide and commit to being an author until I had a book idea that represented a unique angle and white space in the market.
Is this the first book you’ve written?
Yes, this is my first book. It was orders of magnitude more grueling than expected and took at least twice as long. The payoff, however, is also far more satisfying than I imagined.
What do you do for work when you’re not writing?
Two things: I run an art sharing business where customers get new artwork when they want it. Second, I’m in the software business.
Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling? If so, why?
I would go traditional if it would mean a larger readership. Getting this book (and future titles) to more readers is the ultimate goal.
Is there something in particular that motivates you?
I’m motivated to be part of the conversation. I’d love to hear thoughts on the book and discuss or debate visual arts and creativity.