Sunday, April 14, 2019

BW16: World Art Day

Happy Sunday! Taxes are due on Monday and whether we are getting money back or have to pay, our souls need to be soothed and rejuvenated after slogging through all those receipts, numbers and forms. April 15th is also Patriot's Day in New England, Rubber Eraser Day, Titanic Remembrance day and World Art Day.

Let's celebrate World Art Day by reading books about artists or art styles, historical fiction and mysteries as well as how to unleash your inner artist and your creativity.

Art History's Eight Greatest Mysteries—from Stonehenge to Banksy

Bookriot - 9 of the best historical fiction books about Artists

Brainpickings - Harriet Hosmer on Art and Ambition: The World’s First Successful Woman Sculptor on What It Takes to Be a Great Artist

Art Book - Spring 2019 Featured Contemporary & 20th Century Art

50 Inspiring Books about Art History

Goodreads - Popular Art Mystery Books and Popular Art Inspiration

Amazon - Art Books for Artists

Buzzfeed - 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading


In placid hours well-pleased we dream 
Of many a brave unbodied scheme. 
But form to lend, pulsed life create, 
What unlike things must meet and mate: 
A flame to melt--a wind to freeze; 
Sad patience--joyous energies; 
Humility--yet pride and scorn; 
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity--reverence. These must mate, 
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart, 
To wrestle with the angel--Art. 
~ Herman Melville 

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  1. After several weeks, I’ve completed reading “At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden” by Yossi Klein Halevi. Written in the late 1990’s with the failure of Oslo already becoming evident, YKH an observant Jew originally from Brooklyn, set out on a pilgrimage to share the spiritual truth of Christians and Muslims in the land of Israel. His account of his encounters with Christians and Muslims who likewise seek a connection with Jews is moving and hopeful, and shines a ray of light in the darkness of ongoing conflict.

    20 years after its original publication, it remains an important reminder that conflict between Jews and Muslims is not inevitable and that there are people on both sides who envision a better future. Like all of Yossi Klein Halevi’s books, this is highly recommended.

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