What allowed Taye Diggs to find his identity, sustained Tony Bennett through a Depression-era childhood and represents love to Spike Lee? These are just three of the famous performers and filmmakers who speak to the life-altering power of art, their personal testimonies juxtaposed alongside photographic portraits by Brian Smith. Although Art & Soul is filled with celebrities, Smith's skill at portraiture is the real star attraction. He forgoes glamour and ornamentation in favor of frank, intimate shots that allow the subjects' personalities to shine. From Anne Hathaway's assertion that art is hope to Patricia Arquette's plea to support the arts for underprivileged children, Art and Soul is an affirmation of art's ability to inspire, heal and direct our lives, and is sure to delight everyone from portraiture connoisseur to philanthropist to coffee table book lover.
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