Art as Therapy
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.
Art as Therapy has been written with the 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?
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.
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature, including the titles 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' and 'The Consolations of Philosophy.' He is the founder of Living Architecture, a social enterprise that asks top architects to build holiday homes for rental around the UK. He is also the founder and Chairman of The School of Life.
John Armstrong is a British philosopher and art historian based at Melbourne University. He is the author of five well-received books, including 'The Intimate Philosophy of Art', 'Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy', and 'In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea'.
Hardback book | 239 pages | 215 x 280 x 30mm