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

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