NEW! Art & Ideas: Art as Therapy with John Armstrong
Thursday, May 1, 2 – 5 pm (one day only)
Members $50 | Public $70
Art As Therapy is both a new book and a series of exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Gallery of Victoria that reframe and recontextualize art works from across the ages and genres, so that they can be approached as tools for the resolution of difficult issues in individual life. In this workshop, author and art historian John Armstrong will discuss the origins of the project, as well as the works he and co-author Alain de Botton have chosen to include from the AGO’s collection.
Art As Therapy contends that certain art works provide powerful solutions to our problems, but that in order for this potential to be released, our attention has to be directed towards art in a new way (which they demonstrate), rather than towards the more typical historical or stylistic concerns with which art books and museum labels are traditionally associated.
John Armstrong (b.1966) is a British philosopher and art historian based at Melbourne University. He is the author of five well-received books, including The Intimate Philosophy of Art, Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy, and In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea.
This workshop is presented in association with the exhibition Art As Therapy.
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