Michael Kimmelman’s book The Accidental Masterpiece: The Art of Life and Vice Versa should be on each artist’s bookshelf. Kimmelman, chief art critic for The New York Times writes thoughtful essays about, as the title says, art and life. It’s not criticism. It’s how life and art are intertwined, how we connect to art through life, and how life is ingrained in our art. There is excellent language here to try to understand that which is difficult to understand or define.
I underlined numerous passages throughout the book, but my favorite tidbits come from pages 111-12:
"Sometimes art can be a refuge from life, and in extreme cases it is a second chance at life."
"You might also say the best art holds death at bay.
That is part of its eternal attraction. We connect with art to share something larger and more enduring than ourselves."
This is a book I will pick up over and over again to try to glean insight into this wonderful, magical world of art.