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Recommended Books on Spirituality, Healing and Art

  1. Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky :Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century, and this text, in which he laid out the tenets of painting as he saw them and made the case for nonobjective artistic forms, is universally recognized as an essential document of Modernist art theory. A brilliant philosophical treatise and an emphatic avant-garde tract, it provides the theoretical underpinnings for Kandinsky's own work and that of his associates in the Blaue Reiter movement. While Michael Sadler's masterful translation has been available and authoritative since its original publication in 1914, what hasn't been published until now is the significant correspondence between the translator and the artist, who followed the progress of his book's transformation closely, and who offered numerous insights into and explanations of its meanings. These letters, from the archives of Tate Britain, have here been appended to Kandinsky's text to provide the first comprehensively annotated edition of this seminal work. This volume, which supersedes any previous edition, includes the letters, Kandinsky's prefaces and prose poems relating to the period in which the book was written and Sadler's selected writings on art. It is more than an expanded edition--it is a major event, the first full account of a remarkable literary collaboration.

    Reader review: 5 star!
  2. Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art (Paperback) by Nancy J. Azara
    Reader review: 4.5 star.

    Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Ar, February 7, 2004
    By Melissa Wolf, Women's Studio Center (New York, NY)
    As the Executive Director of Women's Studio Center I find this book to be a great boon to artists and those thinking about becoming an artist. It has elements of "The Artists Way" with more substance and some biographical details.
    Nancy Azara was the Director of the New York Feminist Art Institute, a wonderful women's art organization that closed in 1990. She taught a class "Visual Diaries" which included elements of consciousness raising and art or creating an "artists book". I think her ideas and exercises come from this class.
    It's a wonderful creative motivator !

  3. Drawing from Within: Using Art to Treat Eating Disorders (Paperback) by Lisa D. Hinz

    Reader review: 5 star.

    It's the hands-on application of theory to results which makes DRAWING FROM WITHIN so essential, by Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA): 'Drawing from Within: Using Art to Treat Eating Disorders is a fine reference for practitioner who wish to explore the therapeutic use of art with clients with eating disorders. Art therapy has been successfully used as intervention with this client group: chapters cover themes which can embrace programs, offering suggestions for creating and implementing exercises and translating results to therapy. It's the hands-on application of theory to results which makes DRAWING FROM WITHIN so essential for any working with clients with eating disorders - and for college-level libraries strong in psychology.'

  4. The Sacred Art of Soul Making (Paperback) by Joseph Naft

    "The Sacred Art of Soul Making" offers an authentic and substantive spirituality for our time, one that leads the reader toward understanding the structure of the soul and its development through meditation, prayer, presence, and other practices. This book addresses the important questions of soul and spirit with the depth and subtlety they require and with the clarity they call for. Joseph Naft presents an integrated spiritual path that begins where we are and ultimately takes us beyond consciousness, toward the abode of the sacred. That sacredness can touch and transform each of us, if we make the necessary, devoted effort. And "The Sacred Art of Soul Making" shows the way toward that potential.

    Reader review: 5 star

  5. Art and Soul

    This book is written as a conversation and full of real life examples of what art therapy is, what it can do for an individual and how art IS therapy. This book is good reading, not just for those in the field or contemplating the field of art therapy, but is also a wonderful read for ANY artist. It affirms the connection of Art and Soul. This is an easy and enjoyable read. And it's a book that can be read over and over again.

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