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A weekly feature on Northland Morning keeping you up to date on Twin Ports art happenings. Airs Mondays at 8:20. Hosted by Annie Dugan of the Duluth Art Institute.

Where's Art: Books!

A dark abstract painting with focused yellow speckles
James McNeill Whistler

There's still plenty of art to take-in around the community, but Annie Dugan is considering the winter ahead with a few art book recommendations.

If you're looking for some drama, Falling Rocket: James Whistler, John Ruskin, and the Battle for Modern Art by Paul Thomas Murphy might scratch that itch. "In November of 1878, this was the biggest thing," says Dugan. Art critic John Ruskin was sued by Whistler for a bad review. The ensuing battle captured the public eye and opened up a conversation about not only what art is, but what it can be.

For something grounded in process and beauty, In Pursuit of Color: From Fungi to Fossil Fuels: Uncovering the Origins of the World's Most Famous Dyes by Lauren MacDonald might be what you're looking for. "We very much take color for granted," says Dugan. "How do we make dyes? Where does that color come from?... it's not only a beautiful book... but it has really lovely illustrations."

And Dugan has a few other titles that aren't as new, but still have a lasting impact. "I go back to it again and again and again."

You can hear Where's Art every Monday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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