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The Redstone Diary 2023: In Search of Beauty

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Even in an increasingly digital world, the cult around the Redstone Diary remains. Followers eagerly await the annual unveiling of next year’s theme, and many people hold onto their past diaries like beloved collections because each one is a beautiful object in itself, curated with images and text that punctuate each passing day with interest and inspiration. 

This year’s diary explores the theme of Beauty and asks: 

What is beauty? Wherein does beauty lie? Is this thing, this person, this place, this quality really beautiful in and of itself – or is it me that brings the beauty to the object? 

What exactly is our experience of beauty? Does beauty exist only in particular things, or in universal characteristics, in certain shapes and forms? Where does physical beauty end, and spiritual beauty begin? And are all our assumptions about beauty simply prejudices in disguise? 

There are no easy answers to any of these questions. As always, the Redstone Diary offers only examples – and the beautiful promise of another year. 

Featuring: John Baldessari, W. E. B. du Bois, Louise Bourgeois, Elizabeth David, Gilbert and George, Seamus Heaney, Edvard Munch, Marc Quinn, Oliver Sacks, and others.

Redstone Press, spiral bound daily calendar, 7 x 9.5 inches, 160 pages.