Intimate Creativity: Partners In Love And Art [NOOK Book]

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     Integrating the psychology of love and creativity, this pioneering book explores both how a couple’s involvement as lovers influences their creative collaboration and how working together affects their relationship. Representing a variety of genres—painting, sculpture, photography, and installation art—the celebrated couples profiled here include, among others, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, and Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel.
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Intimate Creativity: Partners In Love And Art

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Overview

     Integrating the psychology of love and creativity, this pioneering book explores both how a couple’s involvement as lovers influences their creative collaboration and how working together affects their relationship. Representing a variety of genres—painting, sculpture, photography, and installation art—the celebrated couples profiled here include, among others, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, and Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel.
     Intrigued by this process of "intimate creativity," psychologists Irving and Suzanne Sarnoff (themselves partners in love and work) decided to conduct in-depth interviews with partners in visual art because they defy the supremely individualistic tradition of their field. Whatever their age or sexual orientation, these artist-couples combine their talents to form a collective identity as a professional team. Passionately intense about their shared commitment, they communicate endlessly to resolve conflicts and reach consensus. Providing mutual validation and support, they increase their productivity and the quality of their work; they minimize their fear and frustration and enhance their pleasure in being together.
     The authors also draw on historical and contemporary literature about similar couples, ranging from Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber to Gilbert and George to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Stimulating and engaging, this book highlights the features of a unique collaborative process, considers the connection between creativity and sexuality, and suggests possibilities for any couple to expand their intimacy.

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An inspiring read for anyone involved in or contemplating collaborative work with an intimate partner. The Sarnoffs touch in new ways on the real benefits compromise and collaboration can bring to the creative process-and the equally real joys personal commitment can bring to the joint career." -- Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein, co- authors of Sparks of Genius
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299180539
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Irving and Suzanne Sarnoff have collaborated as authors and teachers. He is professor emeritus of psychology and she is a former lecturer in psychology, both at New York University. Co-authors of two books, one on human sexuality and the other on the psychology of marriage, they have made several national media appearances to discuss their research on how people create and develop loving relationships.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Exploring Intimate Creativity 3
1 Relating and Creating 23
2 Transcending the Culture of Individualism 45
3 Embracing a Collective Identity 69
4 The Unending Conversation 96
5 From Inspiration to Implementation 120
6 The Harmony of Equals 144
7 Making Art/Making Love 165
8 Couple and Community 190
Epilogue: The Composite Picture 214
App: Interview Questionnaire 229
Notes 233
Index 247
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