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Slow Looking: The Art of Looking At Art by Peter Clothier
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Author Peter Clothier

In Praise of the Creative Spirit: Persist, Mind Work, Slow Looking

Peter Clothier
Peter Clothier Interview
Read Peter's creativity-inspiring responses to questions about his writing process, inspiration, and persisting in the creative life in this exclusive Creative Careers in the Arts interview.

Peter Clothier is a long time observer of the contemporary art world, and a widely published writer. His publications include fiction, poetry, and a memoir, as well as "David Hockney" (a monograph), and a collection of political essays, "The Bush Diaries." His books include "Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce","Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core", and "Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art" (links to excerpts below).

A graduate of Cambridge University, Clothier came to the U.S. in 1964 for the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. Graduating with a PH.D. in Comparative Literature, he came to L.A. in 1968 to teach at USC. He became Dean and Director of Otis Art Institute, and was Dean of Fine and Communication Arts at Loyola-Marymount University before leaving academia in 1986 to devote full time to writing. He has been happily unemployed since then and describes himself as a recovering academic.

He received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was honored for his contribution to the arts at the L.A. Artcore 17th Annual Awards. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, and has served in a leadership capacity in The ManKind Project.

His daily writing practice includes two blogs, The Buddha Diaries and Persist: The Blog. For more information on Peter and his work please visit PeterClothier.com.

SLOW LOOKING

Slow Looking: The Art of Looking At Art by Peter ClothierPeter Clothier's Slow Looking: The Art of Looking At Art (Toad Rampant Books, 2012) is based on the “One Hour/One Painting” sessions he began offering a number of years ago to practice a more profound and rewarding way of looking at art. Combining the skills of meditation and contemplation, it invites participants to sit with a single work of art for a full hour; and by extension it models the way in which the mind benefits from the simple practice of paying close attention — whether in art or, more broadly, in life itself. Learn more and enjoy sample audio and video demonstrations on the process at PeterClothier.com.

SLOW LOOKING: Meditation
By Peter Clothier
The simple experience of opening the eyes can be, well... eye-opening. Excerpted from chapter 9 of Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.

SLOW LOOKING: Silence
By Peter Clothier
Silence is the aural complement to space: once you find it, it is limitless, it reaches everywhere. Excerpted from chapter 4 of Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.

History of SLOW LOOKING: The Art of Looking At Art
By Peter Clothier
This book has its origins in my "One Hour/One Painting" sessions, a different and more rewarding way of looking at art. Excerpted from chapter 1 of Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.

MIND WORK

Excerpted with permission from Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core by Peter Clothier

MIND WORK Interview with Peter Clothier
By Chris Dunmire
Intimate Portraits, Authenticity, and Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core by Chris Dunmire.

Today Is Thine: Tempus Fugit
Excerpted from Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core.

Not Just a Number
Excerpted from Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core.

PERSIST

Making Space
The writer stands to benefit as much as the artist or the musician from the empty mind.

Heeding the Call
Each of us, I firmly believe, has that mission, that sense of purpose.

Nurturing... the Artist Within
Article based on lecture for a group of art teachers engaged in a summer workshop at Texas Christian University.

PERSIST: The Big Lie
Excerpted from Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce.