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How Art Can Make You Happy Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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From the Introduction
Is art always happy? No, of course not. No more than it's always pretty, comfortable, or easy.
But can engaging with art-- with art's potent brew of visual pleasure, intellectual rigor, myriad meanings, and unexpected worldview-- make you a happier human being with a profoundly enriched life?
Resoundingly, the answer is: Yes.
In this book, you'll learn:
- How to find art you like.
- How to walk into a museum and enjoy the art there.
- How to look at art without leaving your house.
...and much more!
About the Author
Bridget Watson Payne is an author, blogger, art book editor, and art lover. She lives in San Francisco.
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Top customer reviews
I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to spend less time fretting about the details of the art world—like what work is cool or important, how to buy the right art, how to walk into a fancy gallery even if you feel like you don't belong, and so on—and more time simply being moved by art.
A quick, easy, and delightful read, full of great advice.
Pro Tip: Anything published by Chronicle is worth getting in print form because of the amazing design work, and this bright and shiny book is no exception.
It reads like a wise friend telling me things like:
-You can find the time to go see that show or that museum or gallery.
-You don’t have to feel obligated look at anything you don’t want to.
-Art that looks like the world helps us see the world.
-Art that doesn’t look like the world helps us see the world.
Unfortunately for me the book is visually jarring, printed mostly in a brownish san serif type on bright yellow pages. But it is small, pithy, conveniently fits in my back pocket, and is easy to carry around.
Payne tells me to trust my taste in art and not be afraid to use my own words to describe it. This is good advice. She goes on to recommend ways to learn more about art, how to talk about it, and how sometimes the most articulate of us are so overwhelmed by a work that we just can’t describe it in words.