Graphic Content Book Club: "Why Art?" by Eleanor Davis
Graphic Content is our reading group exclusively for graphic novels and comics!
This month the club will be discussing Why Art? by Eleanor Davis.
What is "Art"? It's widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change?
In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worth of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.
In “Why Art?,” the audience is buffeted by the constant back and forth between Davis and her art, but we’re allowed, for an instant, to linger in the liminal space between created and creator. It’s a rare and perfect vantage point." - Francoise Mouly, The New Yorker
Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. Their books include How To Be Happy, You and a Bike and a Road, and The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook. They live in Athens, Georgia.
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