Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy

Book - 2013
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Describes a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that the works of art can be useful, relevant--and even therapeutic.
Publisher: London : Phaidon Press Limited, 2013.
ISBN: 9780714865911
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Armstrong, John 1966-- Author


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Oct 12, 2019

Revolutionary in its thinking about how art should be taught, displayed, sold and commissioned.

Nov 17, 2017

In my opinion, this book is ridiculously opinionated. It tries to turn art into an intellectual exercise. In my opinion, art is about perceiving, not thinking. The two must not be confused. That's my opinion.

Nov 06, 2017

As a theory of aesthetics, this book flops - in the sense that it can easily be refuted, but, as a practicable suggestion it is excellent and its ideas should be implemented with some serious effort (say, for 5 to 10 years, and see what results), after all, the current attempts by museums and art galleries (and their attempts for the last 30 years) have all failed.
The book is well and thoughtfully written, with an intimate and serious (but not too serious) tone. The authors are not afraid to exercise their judgement.

"If we accept that guiding our emotions is an important part of the process of creating a civilized society, then culture should be recognized as one of the central mechanisms by which we do it, along with politics. It is the music we listen to, the films we see, the builds we inhabit and the paintings, sculptures and photographs that hang on our walls that function as our subtle guides and educators." (pg. 100)

Dec 04, 2014

This book gives a fresh look at the usefulness and importance of art in our contemporary culture. It's very accessible, if a bit wordy. A must have. Highly recommended.


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