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Unexpected Life A Mother and Son's Story of Love, Determination, Autism, and Art

ISBN-10: 1402774036
ISBN-13: 9781402774034
Edition: 2011
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Description: Diagnosed with severe autism as a toddler, Seth Chwast seemed trapped in his own insular universe. His family endured anguish, sought countless therapies, and almost gave up hope. Then, at age 20, Seth took a painting class, and everything changed.  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Publication date: 9/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Diagnosed with severe autism as a toddler, Seth Chwast seemed trapped in his own insular universe. His family endured anguish, sought countless therapies, and almost gave up hope. Then, at age 20, Seth took a painting class, and everything changed. Miraculously, he revealed an innate ability to create amazing artworks that reflect his own unique perspective and gave him a voice he had never had. Written by Seth's mother, Debra,An Unexpected Lifetells the story of their long difficult path, and her determination to help her son. Although Seth cannot safely cross the street alone, he is an icon for anyone who has been in a hopeless situation and then triumphs. More than simply a memoir, this visually breathtaking volume is infused with hope, inspiration, and art. 

Seymour Chwast was born in New York City and is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He worked as a junior designer in the advertising department of the New York Times, then for House and Garden and Glamour magazines. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1985 the studio's name was changed to the Pushpin Group, of which Mr. Chwast is the director. He received the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Medal in 1985, was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of fame and has an honorary Ph.D in Fine Art from the Parsons School of Design. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major museums around the world. He was a visiting lecturer at art schools in New York and vice-president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (1974-8), New York. More information about Mr. Chwast can be found at www.pushpininc.com.

Preface
Introduction: Dreams
The Blues and Other Colors
Facts, Fantasy, Myths, and Reality
Roller Coasters and Other Rides
"New Friends Are Everywhere"
In Darwin's Footsteps
Auras and Auroras
Portrait of the Artist
Dreams II
Expecting the Unexpected
Acknowledgments
Index of Paintings
About the Authors

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