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The Accidental Masterpiece On the Art of Life and Vice Versa,9780143037330

The Accidental Masterpiece On the Art of Life and Vice Versa

Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 7/25/2006
Publisher(s): Penguin Books
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In his widely acclaimed national bestseller The Accidental Masterpiece, Michael Kimmelman climbs mountains, treks into the desert, and even nearly drowns as he pursues art’s truths. He explains that great artists like Bonnard and Chardin—but also obscure obsessives, paint-by-number enthusiasts, amateur shutterbugs, and collectors of strange odds and ends— can show us how creating, collecting, and even just appreciating art can make living a daily masterpiece.

Author Biography

Michael Kimmelman is chief art critic for the New York Times and a contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(8)
The Art of Making a World
The Art of Being Artless
The Art of Having a Lofty Perspective
The Art of Making Art Without Lifting a Finger
The Art of Collecting Lightbulbs
The Art of Maximizing Your Time
The Art of Finding Yourself When You're Lost
The Art of Staring Productively at Naked Bodies
The Art of the Pilgrimage
The Art of Gum-Ball Machines, and Other Simple Pleasures
Acknowledgments 227(4)
Selected Bibliography 231(6)
Index 237

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