Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development / Edition 1

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This volume explores the strengths and opportunities of old age as these are manifested by the accomplishments of aging artists, late artistic works, and elderly arts audiences. It critically examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive development, and gerontology, and will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in these fields.
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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book attempts to review art created in old age and how creativity changes with age. It covers older painters, writers, and composers.
Purpose: The purpose is to review how artists' (painters, writers, and composers) work and creativity changes as they age in their careers to see if there is such a thing as an "old-age" style.
Audience: The audience here is primarily gerontologists. The book flows from the author's late-life experience of training in gerontology.
Features: This book rambles and lacks clarity. The best part is its bibliography, which brings together a wide-ranging group of writings on art in old age. Except for the cover of the book, there are no illustrations.
Assessment: How wonderful is the art that emerges from old artists, especially when this art says something about aging and those who are old. Who among us is not moved by the Marschallin's Act I monologue in Der Rosenkavalier (...Dear God, why do you let me see my own aging?...) How can we not stand in awe of Verdi closing his life's work with a slightly befuddled old man becoming enlightened in the dark forest at the stroke of midnight (Falstaff ending with a fugue no less!). The artist Alice Neel's unflinching self-portrait showing her dropsy at the end of her life humbles us. I wish this book would have described some of these masterpieces in detail as a roadmap to enlighten the rest of us.
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"In a brave attempt, Martin Lindauer explores the relationship between aging and creativity among artists … . Readers will be impressed by the varied and rich sources of information that Lindauer used in writing this book. … his book may be one example of a unique artistic output in terms of quality and style. … Martin Lindauer has made this book a beautiful work of art." (Sing Lau, American Journal of Psychology, Spring, 2007)

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Table of Contents

I: The Case is Made: Late-Life Creativity and Old Age Art. References. 1. Late-life creativity. 2. Old age and old artists. II: Competing Views of Late-Life Creativity. 3. The youthful rise, early fall, and short span of creativity: the decline model. 4. Does creativity decline with age? 5. Late-life creativity. III: Late-Life Creativity: Historical and Contemporary Artists. 6. A reconsideration of Lehman's findings. 7. The course of creativity among historical artists of renown: the peak and productive years. 8. Creative productivity, gender, and individual differences for longlived artists of renown. 9. Contemporary old artists and their late-life creativity: the quality and quantity of late-life art. 10. New ideas and approaches by aging artists what has been learned about late-life creativity? IV: The Old-Age Style. 11. The old-age style introduced: the issues. 12. Identifying artists with an old-age style: contributions from experts, laypersons, and artists. 13. Describing paintings in the old-age style. 14. Beyond the old-age style, old art, and the aging artists. V: Art and the Elderly. 15. Reactions to paintings by older and younger viewers. 16. Age differences and the arts. 17. Looking ahead. Index.
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