Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity

Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity

by Mark Freeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521044790

ISBN-13: 9780521044790

Pub. Date: 11/05/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Finding the Muse explores the lives of a group of aspiring artists from the mid-1960s, when they completed art school, to the mid-1980s, focusing especially on problems of artistic creativity as they relate to such issues as the mystique of the artist, the challenge of establishing community among artists, the place of the art market in the construction of artistic…  See more details below

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Finding the Muse explores the lives of a group of aspiring artists from the mid-1960s, when they completed art school, to the mid-1980s, focusing especially on problems of artistic creativity as they relate to such issues as the mystique of the artist, the challenge of establishing community among artists, the place of the art market in the construction of artistic identity, and the limits and possibilities of modern and postmodern art itself. The present exploration is a timely one; for despite the wealth of information suggesting that recent decades have brought an unparalleled measure of freedom for artists owing to the increasingly pluralistic climate within which they have lived and worked, it is suggested here that this climate has been decidedly less conducive to creativity than is often assumed. By identifying salient problems of contemporary artistic creativity, Mark Freeman seeks both to reconstruct more optimal conditions of creativity and to provide direction for how these conditions might be achieved. In addition to having particular usefulness for psychologists of art and sociologists of American culture, Finding the Muse will be of interest to aspiring artists, philosophers, art historians, and art educators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521044790
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
418,288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Social Reality and the Space of Creativity1
Ch. 2To Be an Artist36
Ch. 3In the Company of Others86
Ch. 4Creativity and the Market128
Ch. 5The Dream of Artistic Freedom186
Ch. 6The Conditions of Creativity251
Appendix: The Artists Project308
References315
Index323

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