Summer Reading List

Inspired by Roni Horn

Nasher Sculpture Center summer exhibition artist Roni Horn is an avid reader and frequently includes excerpts from books in the subtitles of her work. Take a moment this summer to get into the artist’s mindset by checking out a book or two that the artist quotes in the subtitles of her glass sculptures on view in Roni Horn.

THE SUM OF NO EQUATION
by Sabine Freyling
Peter Lang, 2008
“In this plain landscape wealth itself had been just another simplicity, an event, like decay.”

FATHERS AND SONS
by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Oxford University Press, 1998
“She was frightened of mice, snakes, frogs, sparrows, leeches, thunder, cold water, draughts, horses, goats, red-haired humans, and black cats...”

JOURNEY TO THE ABYSS: THE DIARIES OF COUNT HARRY KESSLER, 1880-1918
edited by Harry Kessler
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013

“...the Aga Khan arrived in Indian costume covered in precious gems...He has several dozen million...subjects and a fortune of untold millions in pounds sterling and, sitting next to Nijinsky with his jaw and vulgar face, was like a fat sack of real money next to a fantastic dream of wealth.”

“It is curious to think of all the social, economic, psychological preconditions that are necessary in order for a Jewish actress to win a horse race.”

BLOOD MERIDIAN: OR THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE WEST
by Cormac McCarthy
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2010

“Two thick ropes of dark blood and two slender rose like snakes from the stump of his neck and arched hissing into the fire. The head rolled to the left and came to rest...The fire steamed and blackened and a gray cloud of smoke rose and the columnar arches of blood slowly subsided until just the neck bubbled gently like stew…”

CONSIDER THE OYSTER
by M.F.K. Fisher
Macmillan, 2008

“Supervise things closely for seven years, with the help of your diving girl. Any time after that you may open your oyster, and you have about one chance in twenty of owning a marketable pearl, and a small but equally exciting chance of having cooked up something really valuable.”

THE POWER OF WORDS
by Edgar Allan Poe
Booklassic, 2015

“I deeply perceive that the infinity of matter is no dream.”


Written by Leigh Arnold, Nasher Sculpture Center Associate Curator