Join FAC Staff for Art Book Club. Every book includes a group discussion. Cost of ABC is $8 for nonmembers and FREE for members (not including book). Bring a sack lunch.

Art Book Club 2019 Discussion Dates and Books

 The Goldfinch: A Novel Donna Tartt

Inspired by Carel Fabritius’ painting The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt has hooked millions of people around the world with almost 800 pages of brilliance.

Centered around an orphaned New Yorker, Theo, The Goldfinch painting is what captivates and draws him into the underworld of art during life as a young teenager who's struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of his mother. As an adult, Theo’s life unfolds into a dark, complex and mysterious love story as he continues to struggle with loss, identity and survival.

Won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) and is due to be released as a movie in 2019.

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ noon

The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier turns the mystery and wonder of the masterpiece into historical fiction about “The Girl” -  Griet – when she’s hired as a servant in the Delft household, with Vermeer as her Master. Just 16 at the time, Griet is swept up into an intimate relationship, eventually being hired as a model and sitting for Vermeer in this exquisite painting.

Friday, August 23, 2019 @ noon

de Kooning: An American Master by Mark Stevens

Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, a true “painter’s painter” whose protean work continues to inspire many artists. In the thirties and forties, along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, he became a key figure in the revolutionary American movement of abstract expressionism. Of all the painters in that group, he worked the longest and was the most prolific, creating powerful, startling images well into the 1980s. This is an authoritative and brilliant exploration of the art, life, and world of an American master.

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ noon

Anna Schoen