Artists and curators taking part in Drawing Room's exhibition programme are invited to compile ‘reading lists’ that inform and expand the themes explored in their work. This list has been compiled for CLOSE: Drawn Portraits, an exhibition that brings together historic figures, and recent and contemporary artists, revealing intimate encounters between artists and their subjects over the past 200 years.  Titles marked with an asterisk * are held in Outset Study.

Title Author Year Selected by ISBN URL Buy
We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria * Wendy Pearlman Mounira Al Solh Link Amazon
Ghassan Kanafani's Letters to Ghada Saman Ghada Saman Mounira Al Solh Link Amazon
Woman at Point Zero Nawal El Saadawi Mounira Al Solh Link Amazon
Dreams Of Trespass: Tales Of A Harem Girlhood Fatima Mernissi Mounira Al Solh Link Amazon
Gorilla, My Love Toni Cade Bambara Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Sula Toni Morrison Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
The Color Purple Alice Walker Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide Ntozake Shange Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson * Soledad Brother Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone James Baldwin Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
DIE NIGGER DIE: A Political Autobiography H. Rap Brown Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
The Autobiography of Malcom X Malcolm X Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
The Second Sex * Simone de Beauvoir Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Sexual Politics * Kate Millett Claudette Johnson Amazon
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color * Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Kind of Blue [sound work] Miles Davis Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Naima [sound work] John Coltrane Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Love in Outta Space [sound work] Sun Ra Claudette Johnson Amazon
Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am Fela Kuti Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
The Creator Has a Master Plan Pharoah Sanders Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Jump for Joy Sarah Vaughan Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Fine and Mellow Billie Holiday Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
In My Room Jacob Collier Claudette Johnson Link Amazon
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Op. 73 Ludwig van Beethoven Claudette Johnson Amazon
Laurel and Hardy: Big Business [film] James W. Horne Michael Landy Amazon
Elephant [film] Alan Clarke Michael Landy Amazon
Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism Since the French Revolution * Dario Gamboni Michael Landy Link Amazon
On Kindness * Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor Michael Landy Link Amazon
Tinguely at the Tate Gallery * Alan Bowness and Richard Calvocoressi Michael Landy Link Amazon
The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints Jacobus de Voragine Michael Landy Link Amazon
Consumerism-As A Way Of Life Steven Miles Michael Landy Link Amazon
Breaking it up at the Museum [film] D.A. Pennebaker Michael Landy Amazon
Mirror Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists * Liz Rideal Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Memoirs of the Blind: The Self-Portrait and Other Ruins * Jacques Derrida Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Hanging the head: Portraiture and social formation in eighteenth-century England Marcia R. Pointon Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Placing faces: the portrait in the country house in the long Eighteenth century Edited by Gill Perry Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Artist’s self-portraits from the Uffizi collection [exhibition catalogue] Edited by Giovanna Giusti Galardi Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
The Intimate Portrait: Drawings, Miniatures and Pastels from Ramsay to Lawrence By Stephen Lloyd and Kim Sloan Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Renaissance Self-portraiture: The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist Joanna Woods-marsden Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
'The Gabburi/Rogers series of drawn self-portraits and portraits of artists' [article] in Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 5, no.2 (1993) p. 179-216 Nicholas Turner Deanna Petherbridge Amazon
Rubens in Private: the Master Portrays his Family [exhibition catalogue] Edited by Ben van Beneden Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Artists at Work [exhibition catalogue] Deanna Petherbridge and Anita Viola Sganzerla Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei By Michael Clarke et al. Deanna Petherbridge Link Amazon
The Drawings of Bronzino Carmen C. Bambach et al. Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Alice Neel: Painted Truths Barry Walker et al. Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
David Cassidy Annual 1975 * Ann Hamilton Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Hamilton [musical score] Lin-Manuel Miranda Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man William x William Shatner Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh Edited by Mark Roskill Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Humans Matt Haig Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Bye Bye Birdie [film] Directed by George Sidney Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
West Side Story Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Lorna Simpson Collages Lorna Simpson Jessica Voorsanger Link Amazon
Whitechapel at War: Isaac Rosenberg and His Circle * Rachel Dicksen Clifton Wright Link Amazon
Colour Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay Edited by Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown Clifton Wright Link Amazon
Picasso Portraits Elizabeth Cowling Clifton Wright Link Amazon
Picasso: the Line * Carmen Giménez et al. Clifton Wright Link Amazon

Titles marked with an asterix * are held in the Outset Study library