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    Swiss curator, art critic and historian Hans Ulrich Obrist is the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. His ongoing endeavor is the Interview Project, a series of marathon interview events with artists and others like Dawoud Bey, Patti Smith, Anish Kapoor, and Mike Tyson that often can go on for as long as 24 hours. It was a series of books documenting conversations between artists that sparked the series initially: “These books somehow brought me to art. They were like oxygen, and were the first time that the idea of an interview with an artist as a medium became of interest to me,” he told Artbook about the project. Over 2000 hours of interview have been recorded so far.

    Below are Hans Ulrich Obrist's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    Emily Mortimer


    The Girls of Slender Means

    Muriel Spark

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    Ellie Kemper



    Curtis Sittenfeld

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    Rose Byrne

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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    Raymond Carver

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    Rose McGowan


    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Steven Pinker

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    Whole Earth Discipline

    Stewart Brand

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    Amy Tan


    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Gabriel García Márquez

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    Kelly Macdonald


    Writing Home

    Alan Bennett

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    Kathy Bates


    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll

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    Meg Wolitzer


    To The Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf

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