In the first in a series of new Tate Etc. talks, best-selling philosopher and essayist Alain de Botton discusses the therapeutic nature of art and his new book Art as Therapy, published by Phaidon Press and co-authored with art historian John Armstrong.
A critique, a call to action and a practical guide, Art as Therapy tackles the too often-ignored question, ‘What is art for?’ Alain de Botton aims to propose a provocative new methodology for engaging with art, one that encourages us to look to art for guidance on living better lives.
Alain de Botton (born 1969) is the author of bestselling books in more than 30 countries, including The Consolations of Philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Status Anxiety and, most recently, Religion for Atheists. He founded the School of Life in London in 2008, which supplies good ideas for everyday life in the form of courses, classes, workshops and talks.
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