Friday, February 02, 2007


The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman
"The idea behind The Accidental Masterpiece," writes chief art critic for the New York Times Michael Kimmelman, "is that art provides us with clues about how to live our own lives more fully...about how creating, collecting and even just appreciating art can make living a daily masterpiece. The Accidental Masterpiece encourages us to live life with eyes wide open, because the drive to live life more alertly is instinctive, and whether you are an artist by trade or by desire, the art of seeing well is one that can be learned.
You don't have to be an artist to experience art's truths and consolations because art is not just created, it is also discovered. Kimmelman contends that art can be found almost anywhere and everywhere, if only our eyes are trained to see it. Many of us have not yet learned how to recognize the art in our own lives - to do so is something of an art itself. The Accidental Masterpiece shows us the way, pointing out art's special power to transcend the moment and dissolve time by connecting us with what we cherish and deem longer lasting than outselves."*

I can't add too much to what's already been said. This is an excellent book written with incredible insight and clarity. I enjoyed it immensely. It has reawakened in me the desire to really "see" with the eyes of an artist and to live a life just brimming with art. If art is a passion of yours, you should read this book.

*Source: The Accidental Masterpiece by Michael Kimmelman

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