The Accidental Masterpiece

On the Art of Life and Vice Versa

Michael Kimmelman - Author

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ISBN 9780143037330 | 256 pages | 25 Jul 2006 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The chief art critic for The New York Times on the creative impulse that emerges in all of us when we realize that the art of making art starts with the art of living

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.

The Accidental Masterpiece Introduction

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

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