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The Mission of Art

20th Anniversary Edition
By:
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
November, 2018
ISBN:
9781611806755
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$25.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Twenty years after the original publication of The Mission of Art, Alex Grey’s inspirational message affirming art’s power for personal catharsis and spiritual awakening is stronger than ever. This book combines extensive knowledge of art history with phases of human consciousness evolution and shares firsthand experiences in creating art at the boundaries of madness and mysticism—and his profoundly affecting psychedelic experiences. Grey examines the roles of conscience and intention in the creative process, including some hands-on experiences.

Included are practical techniques and exercises that can be used to explore the spiritual dimension of art—exercises that are taken from the visionary art workshops the author leads with his wife, Allyson Grey. The text is accompanied by drawings created by Alex expressly for The Mission of Art.

Religion and Art which emphasize ecstasy and mystical experience will always fulfill profound human needs, bringing people back to the source of infinite love and ultimate reality. A reverence for life is one of the hallmarks of true spirituality. Our violence as a species and destructive assaults on the web of life make obvious humanity’s spiritual blindness and the critical need for spiritual awakening. Art can serve that awakening.

Challenging and thought-provoking, The Mission of Art will be appreciated by everyone who has ever contemplated the deeper purpose of creative expression.

Though we may try to write about it, the Transcendental is beyond all conceptual or theoretical frameworks. The best that theory and critique can do is point us toward the creative source. Artists rely on themselves, peering into their own souls for inspiration and guidance, yet the artist’s friends, mentors, and a spiritual practice, may all be able to assist the birth of spirit in their art.

Alex Grey is the visual artist whose amazing work is portrayed in the books Sacred Mirrors and Transfigurations, among others. More info: cosm.org.

Publisher’s Description: 

Twenty years after the original publication of The Mission of Art, Alex Grey’s inspirational message affirming art’s power for personal catharsis and spiritual awakening is stronger than ever. This book combines extensive knowledge of art history with phases of human consciousness evolution and shares firsthand experiences in creating art at the boundaries of madness and mysticism. Grey examines the roles of conscience and intention in the creative process, including practical techniques and exercises useful in exploring the spiritual dimensions of art. Challenging and thought-provoking, The Mission of Art will be appreciated by everyone who has ever contemplated the deeper purpose of creative expression.

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