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Michael Kimmelman in Armenia for the Grand Opening of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts

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Nov. 5th, 2009 | 12:39 pm

Yerevan, Armenia, 3 November 2009 – The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is proud to announce that Michael Kimmelman, the lead art critic of the New York Times will visit Yerevan, Armenia to take part in a series of special events marking the Grand Opening of the Center on November 8th, 2009. An influential force in contemporary art, Kimmelman will deliver a lecture on his Pulitzer Prize nominated book The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa. A book signing will follow the lecture, providing a unique opportunity for the public to meet the author.

 "Good art is generous," says Kimmelman. "It's about encouraging people to look more closely at what's around them.” Kimmelman’s unique approach is told with great color in his book, placing both art and art viewers into a cultural context and in communication with each other.

 As Kimmelman writes in the introduction to The Accidental Masterpiece, his goal was to explore how “…art provides us with clues about how to live our own life more fully. Put differently, this book is, in part, about how creating, collecting, and even just appreciating art can make living a daily masterpiece.” The book includes discussions on artists as wide-ranging as Bonnard, Vermeer, de Kooning, and Duchamp, but it also includes a chapter about Dr. Hugh Hicks, who runs a private museum from his basement showcasing his collection of over 75,000 light bulbs. 

 Born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York, Kimmelman attended Yale College and did his graduate work in Art History at Harvard University.  He is currently based in Berlin, writing the Abroad column for the Times on culture and society across Europe.

Tickets to the event can be reserved by phone at (374 10) 54 19 32 or e-mail (info@cmf.am), and purchased in the Visitor Center on the day of the event. The book can be purchased at the Museum Store.

 The Cafesjian Center for the Arts reminds the public that its Grand Opening Celebration will begin on the evening of Saturday, November 7th with a spectacular fireworks display near the Cascade monument.  Taking over seven years to complete, the Cascade has been completely transformed into one of the world’s outstanding contemporary art centers.  On Sunday, November 8th, the Center invites the public to view all the renovations that have taken place inside the Cascade and to enjoy an outstanding schedule of exhibitions, visiting lecturers, book-signings, concerts and events.  For a detailed schedule of events, please visit our website at www.cmf.am.

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