Join us Saturday, November 16th at 4:00 pm for a Book Signing with DAVID PAGEL for the book: "Talking Beauty: A Conversation Between Joseph Raffael and David Pagel About Art, Love, Death, and Creativity"
Talking Beauty: A Conversation Between Joseph Raffael and David Pagel About Art, Love, Death, and Creativity is unique among publications about art for several reasons.
It is a conversation. Not an interview. Not a critical assessment of an artist’s oeuvre. Not a historical overview. Not a promotional celebration of an artist’s work. But an honest, wide-ranging, free-wheeling back-and-forth between two fairly idiosyncratic individuals: an expatriate painter in his 80s who has lived in the South of France for 30 years, and an art critic and professor in his 50s who has lived in Southern California for 30 years, where he writes, in plain English, art criticism for the Los Angeles Times and teaches at Claremont Graduate University.
To the conversation Raffael brings his lifelong devotion to the art of painting, which has nothing to do with art-world trends or marketability and everything to do with his conviction that art is an avenue of self-discovery, that beauty and truth matter, and that the most powerful art is born of suffering, is redemptive, is deeply mysterious, and transforms the selves who experience it in entirely unanticipated ways.