Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Art of Everyday Joe - A Collector's Journal

Michael Corbin, in his book “The Art of Everyday Joe,” asks the question what is art? Corbin, an avid collector of contemporary art, says if we want more people to appreciate art, shouldn’t we (especially artists) be able to define it? With that in mind here is his particular answer: “Art is the nearly perfect physical evidence of creative vision and expression. Art should remind us of man’s limitless potential. It should move us intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and perhaps even physically. Once complete, art should be able to stand on its own as a testament to its creator as well as to the humanity of all who see it.

This is a pretty lofty goal set for art, but I agree with him to a great extent. I would take out the “should,” and say if it is “art it does…move us in at least one facet of his description whether , intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and yes even physically. The more facets the art hits on your psyche, I’d say the better it is. For after all, there are degrees of quality to art. Bottom line, if it moves us, even if we “don’t get it.” It makes us “want to get it.” It gets our juices flowing, sometimes juices we didn’t even know we had.

Corbin’s writing style is personable, interactive and friendly. You feel like you are having a conversation with him, and thus the title rings true. Do I suggest you spend the $29.95 to get a copy of the book? Yes, I do. If you are not a collector now, this book will set you out on a journey.

Michael K. Corbins’s book, “The Art of Everyday Joe – A Collector’s Journal,” is available through It would make a great gift for the collector in your home.

(c) 2009 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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