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The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Easy, enjoyable reading

    I chose to read this book for an art criticism class. I really enjoyed Kimmelman's writing style because it talks about art in a way that is humorous and easy to understand. This book is a very light, but highly interesting read. Kimmelman explains his views on how it can be found all around us as he provides biographical information about acutal well-known artists. He tells stories about their lives that help the reader better understand why they made the art they did, and how in many cases, their lives were a form of art in themselves. Kimmelman also provides stories about insights he has gained from his own experiences with art, from watching the process of a painter of nudes to visiting a light bulb museum to climbing a mountain in France. As an artist, I have been intrigued by the idea of art in daily life for a while, and Kimmelman helped me see some great new perspectives. Reading this book helped me want to get going on making new art, as well as to be more aware of the art that surrounds me. It may sound cheesy, but I found many of the stories within this book really inspiring, particularly those about artists who gave all they had, even their lives, for their art. Anyone with any level of interest in art could enjoy this book!

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