[Editor's note: Last week, I introduced Artists Spill, a series that arose out of my curiosity about artists' first favorite art. I'll be posting their responses here on Country Life. This is printmaker Mark Hosford's contribution.]
I guess it depends if the works need to be ones I saw in person. The first art book I ever bought was on Hieronymus Bosch. I was obsessed with his painting “The Garden of Earthly Delight.” I would stare at that book for hours and hours. It would be the only art book I would own for years.
As far as in-person goes, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art where I grew up [in Kansas City, Mo.] had two sculptural pieces that I was madly in love with as a kid. One was a Chinese sculpture called "Guanyin of the Southern Sea." It was in this amazing and moody room with other wooden Buddhist deities. I loved just being in that room with the huge wall mural behind him. I really felt like I was transported to another world as a kid when I was in that room.
The other was a Duane Hanson sculpture of a security guard in the Nelson-Atkins as well. It always freaked me out that something that was sculpture could look so real.