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Fantastic and plastic mimicry in a tropical vineAs if it weren enough that Alain de Botton tells atheists that we need atheist church equivalents, and how to set them up, he now doing the same in the art business, at least according to the Guardian.

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A flashing neon sign hangs over the grand entrance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Art Is Therapy, it reads, mirroring the cover ofAlain de Botton recent book Art as Therapy, written with the philosopher and art historian John canada goose outlet belgium Armstrong.

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suffer from fragility, guilt, a canada goose outlet toronto address split personality, self disgust, reads a note next to canada goose outlet Jan Steen 1660s genre paintingThe Feast of Saint Nicholas. are probably a bit like this picture, the label goes on. are sides of you that are a little debauched. The labels tell us what wrong with us, and how the artworks and artefacts they accompany canada goose outlet uk sale can cure our ills.

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More from Searle toVermeer Woman Reading a Letterand his quiet Delft street scene, beside teapots and Chinese gods, alongside anYves Saint Laurentdress and aRietveld chair, the labels proliferate. De Botton canada goose outlet reviews is trying to mend what he sees as a disconnection between art and life, between past and present. This is an unexceptional ambition. Artists and designers do it all the time. Why do we need De Botton? In adisplay of 19thcentury daguerrotypes, under the curatorial theme of memory, we are told we canada goose outlet locations in toronto are in of the saddest rooms in the museum. You might want to cry. Why? All the people in the pictures are dead. They generally are in photographs this old.

Banality and bathos are the stock in trade here. De Botton curatorial rubrics as canada goose outlet boston well as memory, there fortune, money, politics and sex are anodyne, canada goose clothing uk his insights and descriptions shallow and obvious. De Botton insists that art can tell us how to live: should heal us: it isn an intellectual exercise, an abstract aesthetic arena or a distraction for a Sunday afternoon. His petulant tone is wearing. I also dislike the self improvement shtick. In front of an athletic bit of statuary, a label canada goose parka outlet inquires why, if we can accept going to the gym to improve our bodies, we don visit the museum work on our character. He has no eye, canada goose factory outlet vancouver and no ear for language. With their smarmy sermons and symptomology of human failings, their aphorisms about art leading us to better parts of ourselves, De Botton texts canada goose outlet online feel like being doorstepped. But art contains concentrated doses of the virtues! You could coerce any art at all into his cause of mental hygiene and spiritual wellbeing. De Botton reduces art to its discernible content. He doesn make us want to look at all.

But tell us how youreally feel, Mr. Searle! All I can say is that I very glad he had the temerity to call this bovine guano exactly what it is.

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I read some of de Botton’s comments, and they really do add depth to our experience of the work.

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