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The Resource Art as therapy, Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

Art as therapy, Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

Label
Art as therapy
Title
Art as therapy
Statement of responsibility
Alain de Botton, John Armstrong
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There is widespread agreement that art is 'very important' - but it can be remarkably hard to say quite why. Yet if art is to enjoy its privileges, it has to be able to demonstrate its relevance in understandable ways to the widest possible audience. Alain de Botton and John Armstrong have a firm belief that art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas, asking: What can I do about the difficulties in my relationships? Why is my work not more satisfying? Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life? Why is politics so depressing? The purpose of this book is to introduce a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy. It's the authors' contention that certain art works provide powerful solutions to our problems, but that in order for this potential to be released, the audience's attention has to be directed towards it in a new way (which they demonstrate), rather than towards the more normal historical or stylistic concerns with which art books and museum captions are traditionally associated. The authors propose that the squeamish belief that art should be 'for art's sake' has unnecessarily held back art from revealing its latent therapeutic potential. This book involves reframing and recontextualising a series of art works from across the ages and genres, so that they can be approached as tools for the resolution of difficult issues in individual life
Summary
The authors describe a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that the works of art can be useful, relevant--and even therapeutic
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10302496
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NOV
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De Botton, Alain
Dewey number
701
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1966-
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Armstrong, John
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True
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  • Art appreciation
  • Art
  • Art
  • Art criticism
  • Art therapy
Target audience
adult
Label
Art as therapy, Alain de Botton, John Armstrong
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
000051947765
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
239 p.
Isbn
9780714865911
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Art as therapy, Alain de Botton, John Armstrong
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
000051947765
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
239 p.
Isbn
9780714865911
Other physical details
ill.

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