New Balance: Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton & The School of Life

Writer, philosopher and founder of The School of Life, Alain de Botton has just published his latest book, Art as Therapy – a self-help guide that explores the ways art and culture can help us to re-balance our psyche.

Exploring the purpose of art, Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong, examine the ways art can be used as a tool to help us think differently about, and even overcome “the tensions and confusions of everyday life.”

The book is filled with examples of art, architecture and design from “across the ages,” alongside accompanying chapters and intimate or commonplace anecdotes on subjects such as money, work, anxiety, love and politics. An app and website also enables users to instantly connect with relevant topics and artworks in a digital and bite-sized manner – perfect for those busy schedules.

Art as Therapy shows how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships, finding happiness, to coming to terms with mortality. This book seeks to help us develop a deeper understanding of art and of ourselves in equal measure, providing fascinating reading for those who are familiar with art as well as those who are new to the subject,” explain publishers, Phaidon.

In addition, a new service at The School of Life, entitled Visual Arts Therapy, will offer one-to-one consultations and sessions with experts in the field of both psychotherapy and art, and endeavor to intelligently understand personal issues through art.

Art as Therapy is available for pre-order via Phaidon, and will be available for purchase on October 14, 2013. De Botton will also be giving a talk at the The National Gallery in London on October 25, and at the Tate Britain on October 30, to discuss his new book and the “therapeutic nature of art.” Tickets are still available for both evenings. For those interested in this subject, our recent Futurist report, The Strategy of Color, will prove insightful. – Samantha Fox

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