Art as Therapy (Paperback)

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Art as Therapy (Paperback)


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The title is decieving. This is not a self-help book. Nor is an anthology of troubled artists. Rather, it is the why and how we must engage actively with art to grow and change. We must not be passive. It's on us, the institutions who hold art, and the architecture of our lives to restore our empathy; our humanity.

Not a book directed at artists or non-artists specifically, Art as Therapy meets at the axis - 'the every person'. Something essential for each of us lies in these pages. It may be about how to love, hope, or suffer, or simply to live in the daily off-balance. Redefine art's place in our days, and we redefine ourselves - a process to continue for all of our moments to come. 

"To define a mission for art, then, one of its tasks is to teach us to be good lovers; lovers of rivers...skies...motorways...stones...somehow along the way, lovers of people."

- Atticus

— From Atticus

Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperback

This passionate, thought-provoking, often funny, and always-accessible book proposes a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant, and therapeutic. Through practical examples, the world-renowned authors argue that certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of modern life. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships to coming to terms with mortality.

Alain de Botton is the author of bestselling books, including The Consolations of Philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Status Anxiety, and Religion for Atheists. He founded The School of Life in 2008, an organization which - from branches around the world - supplies good ideas for everyday life in the form of books, workshops, and talks. In 2009 he founded Living Architecture, which makes high-quality architecture accessible to everyone.

John Armstrong is a philosopher and art theorist based at Melbourne University in Australia. He is the author of several well-received books, including The Intimate Philosophy of Art, and Conditions of Love.

Product Details ISBN: 9780714872780
ISBN-10: 0714872784
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: October 24th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English

'A cultural cure for what ails you.' – Elle

'A highly optimistic vision... Roams widely through subjects as immense as love, nature, money and politics. De Botton and Armstrong's examination of love is most rewarding.' – Royal Academy of Arts

'Massages the mind in all the right places.' – Vanity Fair

'...Like going back to college, but in a good way... A little bit like dipping in to a modern day Gombrich albeit through the eyes of Oprah... A really entertaining and thought-provoking look at the role that art plays – or could play – in our lives. [...] Part philosophy, part art history, the book takes work that is considered by many to be lofty and rarified, and relates it to our everyday lives. [Art as Therapy] makes the reader consider the work far more intensely and deeply than perhaps we otherwise would.' – A Little Bird

'A true meditation on the power art has to transform our lives.' – The Mayfair Magazine

'The beautifully designed and illustrated book, Art as Therapy argues for a new way of using art to help us with a variety of psychological ills.' – The School of Life