First impression – Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting

Updated on 19 February 2017 (Harvard referencing).

10 March, 2016. For me it was a difficult decision which book to get from the set book list for OCA Painting 1. Since there is no library in Salzburg specializing in English language art books, I have to buy every book and I need to consider carefully the advantages of each. Following some attempts at comparing books on the Internet and comments found by art students I went for “Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting” (Schwabsky, 2002).
After having had a look through the impressive number of artists included in the bulky volume my first impression was that it may not always be advantageous to sort artists by name. While it is fun to flick through the pages and see something new and wildly different on each and every of them, it is difficult to make sense of the contained messages in the way that is probably needed by art students. Well, never mind, in time we will become friends, this book and I.


Schwabsky, B. (2002) Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting. Phaidon Press.