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Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy

by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong
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Item #: UW1342
Format: Paperback, 239 pages; 2021 (2013)
If you've ever left an exhibition feeling underwhelmed or bewildered, this thought-provoking and refreshingly accessible manifesto is just the thing to reignite your passion for art! Popular philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong argue for a new way of looking at art, as a "therapeutic medium that can help guide, exhort and console its viewers, enabling them ... More
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If you've ever left an exhibition feeling underwhelmed or bewildered, this thought-provoking and refreshingly accessible manifesto is just the thing to reignite your passion for art! Popular philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong argue for a new way of looking at art, as a "therapeutic medium that can help guide, exhort and console its viewers, enabling them to become better versions of themselves." Replete with images of paintings, sculptures, and architecture, Art as Therapy reveals what a Manet portrait of a bunch of asparagus has to say about rescuing a long-term relationship, how an Ansel Adams landscape might help us come to terms with mortality, or how a plan for the city of Edinburgh makes a case for the benefits of censorship. It's an intellectually invigorating and visually compelling book that will definitely enhance future museum visits…and may even change your life! (AG)


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