Everyday Work of Art

Overview

The Everyday Work of Art redefines the way we think of "art' and shows a practical way of making the creative process a part of the things you do each day. Author Eric Booth speaks to the artist in each of us by using exercises and personal anecdotes to simplify artistic skills, and demonstrating how to apply these skills in day-to-day living.

The work of art will creep into all aspects of your life, enriching how you play with your children, what you give to your ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $50.00   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$50.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(217)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$55.50
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(345)

Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

The Everyday Work of Art redefines the way we think of "art' and shows a practical way of making the creative process a part of the things you do each day. Author Eric Booth speaks to the artist in each of us by using exercises and personal anecdotes to simplify artistic skills, and demonstrating how to apply these skills in day-to-day living.

The work of art will creep into all aspects of your life, enriching how you play with your children, what you give to your personal relationships and how you do your job. This down-to-earth book takes the mystery of the arts and puts it into your hands to make a joyful difference in the quality of your everyday life.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Art Times
Much more than the usual "feel-good" book about yourself that nowadays passes for psychology, The Everyday Work of Art is full of wisdom and common good sense. You don't have to be an artist to want this book on your shelf--and on the shelves of all those whom you care about. Absorbing and uplifting...and highly recommended.
Artspeak
The Everyday Work of Art is a pleasant surprise. The vast majority of books written about art examine what individuals, whether artist or audience, bring to art, and almost always from a specialized or professional point of view. It is refreshing to read a book about art that opens the field to generalists and examines what art brings to us.
NAPRA Review
Booth shares his rich experiences as an artist and an educator and his love for experiment and innovation in this creative approach to daily life.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570714382
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Read an Excerpt

EXCERPT: From Chapter One

Art, like sex, is too important to leave to the professionals--too important because of the delight and satisfaction it provides, and too important because of its role in creating each person's future. This book is dedicated to restoring our artistic birthright: an endless intercourse with attractive things.

Art is not apart. It is a continuum within which all participate; we all function in art, use the skills of art, and engage in the action of artists every day. Underneath the surface distinctions that make individual lives seem very different, art is a common ground we share; the work of art is a way we all do things when we are working well. Our unheralded everyday actions of art comprise one end of the human spectrum of artistry; the other end is the creation of masterpieces in the arts that we readily label as art: newlyweds setting the table for their first Thanksgiving dinner on one extreme, and da Vinci's painting The Last Supper on the other; a businesswoman shifting the sequence of the slides in her presentation on one extreme, Sam Shepard transposing the order of the scenes during rehearsals of True West on the other. The differences are obvious, easy to identify and laugh about; the similarities (which are the focus of this book) may be less evident, but they construct the way we experience being alive. If we can acknowledge and honor the art we perform, if we can stay aware of and develop the skills of art we use daily, if we can borrow appropriate and useful trade secrets from artists, who are the experts and exemplars of this field, we can dramatically enrich the quality of daily life.

The main artistic media (music, theater, dance, visual and literary arts) have survived because we thrill to witness what humans can accomplish, what the body can express, what the human voice can do at its best--what subtle truths people can communicate. Masterworks in art invite and reward our best attention; they also enable us to extend the range of our own overlooked artistic competencies. Apprehending the magnificence of the soprano's aria increases our proficiency to hear the wide range of organized sound we encounter throughout our lives. Perceiving CZzanne's accomplishments in a painting of an ordinary house among trees can radically alter what you see on your daily drive to work. Responding to Shakespeare's King Henry the Fifth as he wanders all night, reflecting before the big battle, develops a wiser you to confront your next crisis.

But those occasional celebrated masterpieces are merely the tip of the artistic iceberg to which all of us, including many fine-but-not-famous artists, contribute less visibly and far more frequently. When we assume that the work of art exists only in these isolated peaks, we shrug off our birthright. Human bodies do wonderful things all the time, not just when the dance company Pilobolus performs, not just for a few days every two years at the Olympics. We all have human voices, and even though they are less developed than the diva's, they are rich in sonic subtlety that we ply in many ways. We live in an abundant playhouse of sound that rewards the best hearing we can apply. We need to attend to the artistic experiences throughout our lives, not just at ticketed events. In doing so, we reclaim many dwindling passions; we awake dormant skills with which to construct good answers to life's hardest questions.

We all have a natural knowledge of the processes and perspectives that artists use, even if we have not focused our efforts on developing these skills the way artists have. Yes, maybe you sing like a squawking crow, and you might think contrapposto is an Italian side dish; but you certainly have expertise about what sounds and tastes and feels good. You may not be trained for center stage leaping, but you have made many beautiful things with that body of yours, like dives into the deep end and waltzes on the dancefloor or charades clues and wedding choreography. You have entertained others by performing clever impersonations. You've played red light/green light. You've made love.

You are also, I'm sure, intimately aware of choreography in the world: on the street, on the playing field. You get annoyed when someone bungles their role on the dancefloor of the sidewalk by crossing in front of you, or in the reception hall by stealing your spotlight, or on the gridiron by missing a block on a tailback sweep. You appreciate the balletic steps of the furniture movers as they maneuver your dining room set or of your spouse chopping vegetables in the kitchen. You said of the Japanese chef's preparation of teriyaki at your table, and of the carpenter's work on your cabinets: It was a work of art.

Even those famous artists want you as a creative peer. Here is a secret truth they might not tell you--they really seek colleagues, but settle for admirers. Alvin Ailey and George Balanchine would rather have had the choreographically competent you than the venerating follower who paid to sit in row G.

You have all the necessary background. To engage fully in the work of art, all you really need are the skills you already have, the birthright you were given, and the perspectives and practices this book will remind you about.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part I: Art Is a Verb
Chapter One: Trade Secrets
Part II: The Infrastructure of Excellence
Chapter Two: The Invisible Skills of Art
Chapter Three: Plugging into Essential Sources
Chapter Four: Catching and Using Key Moments
Chapter Five: Wielding the Power Tools
Chapter Six: Harnessing the Bucking Process
Chapter Seven: Structuring the Big Picture
Part III: The Work of Art in Everyday Life
Chapter Eight: World-Making
Chapter Nine: World-Exploring
Chapter Ten: Reading the World
Part IV: Engage
Chapter Eleven: Deep Sight
Chapter Twelve: In the Beginnings
Chapter Thirteen: Getting It to Work
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)