- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502853876
- ISBN-13: 978-1502853875
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can Art Save Us? Paperback – January 3, 2015
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About the Author
Fred Mandell is the CEO of The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership, a not for profit organization dedicated to realizing a more peaceful, sustainable and beautiful world by demonstrating how the creative process fundamentally changes the way we see, approach, and innovatively interact with the challenges we face. He has been referred in the media as “a great compass” and “Life Changer.” A former executive in financial services, he is a practicing artist focusing on painting and sculpture. His works are in corporate and private collections. He has worked internationally with organizations and thousands of individuals to bring out their individual and collective brilliance.
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To oversimplify, this book is a work of art––a collage of personal memories and musings on memory, the creative process and the function of beauty and art––served up with visual images, poetic language, and mind-stretching ideas. The work is also like a river, in that it flows so naturally, starting with Memory Calls, a legacy painting project capturing his first five years of life, but branching off and carrying the reader along into all sorts of unexpected and interesting byways, without losing its momentum or identity.
The book is also, especially at the end, an exhortation to readers and leaders restore the centrality of the artistic imagination in order to deal creatively with the overwhelming socio-economic, political and ecological challenges of our time. Let the last paragraph speak for itself: “Memory Calls brought me to the realities of creativeness, paradox and beauty. Memory itself brought me back to what endures in the human spirit. And to our fundamental capacity for imagination. And the power of art to change us. And the possibility of a mended world.”
I will return often to Can Art Save Us? and I will gift it often.
Sharing his journey, process and thoughts in the creation of Memory Calls, a series of paintings about the first five years of his life, Fred invites us to experience the artistic process. He cautions us about the importance of keeping art and creativity in our lives and shows us how art teaches us about imagination, vision, and uncertainty.
Perhaps, what I loved most about this book is how Fred encourages us all to embrace the artist within and interact with the world in a more comprehensive, empowering, courageous and beautiful way.
Mandell takes the acutely personal and expands it to touch a much broader base, blending memoir with curiosity, philosophy, meditation, and intellectual inquiry in an airy narrative that winds and twists and enriches at every turn. Throughout the book you'll delve into your own history, think a little more deeply about art in all its incarnations, and consider creative expression and the raw power of each of these in our individual and collective lives. Highly recommended!
I had to read this book slowly - the moments that occur, the lessons to glean from his stories and experiences. I wanted to read more quickly, but I found that I had to slow myself down and let his lessons and stories connect with something deeper in my experience and lift. And then I would stop, let the ideas percolate for a while and then return to the book for more stories and more life and in the end a reason why art is so important to us individually and as a culture.
Having read many a book or hearing too many talks using sports or warfare or competition as the theme, it is utterly refreshing to find a book that lifts you higher, than urges you to reach for more but from a higher place and motivation. A bigger and better why. This is book to savor and reflect upon.