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Art in Flower: Finding Inspiration in Art and Nature

Art in Flower: Finding Inspiration in Art and Nature

Current price: $60.00
Publication Date: November 8th, 2023
The Monacelli Press
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Introduces an original take on floral design that teaches us to see the world anew

Based on Lindsey Taylor’s popular Wall Street Journal column ‘Flower School,’ on its surface this book demonstrates how Taylor creates stunning but achievable floral arrangements inspired by works of art. Riffing on works by a diversity of artists across mediums, periods, and styles, including Alice Neel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julie Mehretu, Sheila Hicks, Willem de Kooning, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, Salman Toor, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Kerry James Marshall, among others, Taylor inspires readers to interpret the palettes, compositions, brushstrokes, and mood of the art in flowers, and shares florists’ trade secrets for building beautiful arrangements. Through this meditative practice of looking intently at art and nature, readers learn, in the words of David Hockney, ‘to really look,’ and to really see the world.

About the Author

Lindsey Taylor is a garden designer and floral stylist based in upstate New York. Prior to founding her design studio, Taylor was for over a decade a floral expert, writer, and editor for several publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Domino, Garden Design, T Magazine, and Architectural Digest.

Deborah Needleman is a writer and editor who has served as editor in chief of WSJ., the Wall Street Journal magazine (and was creator of the newspaper’s lifestyle section, ‘Off Duty’), editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and founding editor of Domino.

Praise for Art in Flower: Finding Inspiration in Art and Nature

‘A dazzling new book.’ – The World of Interiors

‘[Taylor’s] keen aesthetic sensibility, garden wisdom and eloquent writing will all stay with you long after you finish the book.’ – 1stdibs Introspective

‘The floral and garden designer behind the Wall Street Journal column Flower School has collected 40 of her floral arrangements with the art that inspired them. And they’re all wonders.’ – The Associated Press

‘Required reading.’ – Gardenista

‘Readable and remarkably instructive . . . It is also art in its own right with full-page images of the artworks and the arrangements . . . Lindsey Taylor writes so beautifully that her text complements the art, the flowers, and the spectacular photography. Even those who suffer from fear of flower arranging will want the book. Holiday gift giving solved!’ – Garden Club of America’s The Bulletin

‘A veritable garden of inspiration.’ – Vanity Fair

‘[A] must-read book of fall . . . features 40 of [Taylor’s] exquisite creations paired with the artwork from which they were inspired and accompanied by thoughtful descriptions of her process.’ – Town & Country

‘This beautiful book by Lindsey Taylor evokes an amazing sensibility to see profound possibilities in flowers – possibilities that so many of the world's great artists have seen and displayed on canvas and through sculpture over the ages. Art in Flower is a work of art in itself.' – Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

‘Lindsey Taylor is a gifted gardener with exquisite taste. Art in Flower brings together her many talents and is as engaging as it is inspiring.’ – Glenn D. Lowry Director, The Museum of Modern Art