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Angelic mistakes : the art of Thomas Merton

Author: Roger Lipsey; Thomas Merton
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : New Seeds ; [New York] : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2006.
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"In the last decade of his life, while living as a hermit-monk in dialogue with the world, Thomas Merton created a body of visual art that has remained largely unknown and little studied in the nearly forty years since his death. With this book, Merton's art at last moves out of the shadows to be appreciated for what it is: a revealing expression of the state of his mind and heart in the 1960s, and a visual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lipsey, Roger, 1942-
Angelic mistakes.
Boston, Mass. : New Seeds ; [New York] : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2006
(OCoLC)607837249
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Lipsey; Thomas Merton
ISBN: 159030313X 9781590303139
OCLC Number: 62093054
Description: xvii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Invisible Art of a Highly Visible Man --
The Art of Thomas Merton: Thirty-four Images --
Three Studies --
Appendix Thomas Merton, Printmaker: Reconstructing His Technique / John Begley, James Grubola, John Whitesell 167.
Other Titles: Art of Thomas Merton
Responsibility: Roger Lipsey ; foreword by Paul M. Pearson.
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"In the last decade of his life, while living as a hermit-monk in dialogue with the world, Thomas Merton created a body of visual art that has remained largely unknown and little studied in the nearly forty years since his death. With this book, Merton's art at last moves out of the shadows to be appreciated for what it is: a revealing expression of the state of his mind and heart in the 1960s, and a visual correlative to his mature works of spiritual writing such as New Seeds of Contemplation and Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Roger Lipsey provides a fascinating analysis of the simple and striking images and their significance in Merton's journey. He finds in them resonances with Asian calligraphy and American abstract expressionism and relates them to the influence of Merton's wide circle of friends, which included such diverse figures as the Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain, the poet Czeslaw Milosz, the Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki, and the artist Ad Reinhart - among many others." "But the centerpiece of the book is the art itself, presented in a portfolio of thirty-four representative pieces that reflect the changing themes and methods of Merton's work. Each is accompanied by selections from his writings from the 1960s that reflect the inward and outward territories Merton was exploring in the period when these remarkable images were created."--Jacket.

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