The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self

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In this beautiful book, painter and sculptor Alice and Richard Matzkin explore the experience of aging through their art, finding inspiration rather than despair. Both in their sixties, they use their paintings and sculptures and personal narrative to examine aspects of growing older-the progression of physical changes, sensuality and relationships, aging parents, spirituality, and death. They feature well-known people such as feminist Betty Friedan and potter Beatrice Wood, as well as friends, neighbors, ...
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Overview

In this beautiful book, painter and sculptor Alice and Richard Matzkin explore the experience of aging through their art, finding inspiration rather than despair. Both in their sixties, they use their paintings and sculptures and personal narrative to examine aspects of growing older-the progression of physical changes, sensuality and relationships, aging parents, spirituality, and death. They feature well-known people such as feminist Betty Friedan and potter Beatrice Wood, as well as friends, neighbors, relatives, and themselves. They both explore the older nude body in some of their work. Drawing on their own experiences and the wisdom of older mentors, they demonstrate that the elder years can be a time of growth and wisdom rather than stagnation and loss. This wonderfully illustrated book is a feast for the eyes as well as nurturing to the spirit, and is a useful aid to learning the art of aging. It leads the Barbarato a greater appreciation of the miracle and blessing of life.
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Ken Kychtwald
The Art of Aging is a beautiful book. The art work is sensitive and the content is meaningful. A must read for people of all ages.
Richard Moss
Take this book and move slowly through it. Let the images work inside you and make room for the feelings and reflections they engender. I am deeply moved by the Matzkins' vision.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810810
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,031,793
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matzkin, Richard |s Richard Matzkin is a sculptor, musician, therapist, and writer. He has numerous one-man shows and his sculptures are in collections throughout the United States. He attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and later received his Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University. The Matzkins share a studio next to their home in Ojai, California, near Santa Barbara. For the past dozen years, their work has focused on projects that confront their fear and curiosity about Matzkin, Alice |s Alice Matzkin has painted most of her life. She has two paintings in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. Her portraits have hung in the White House and have appeared in national magazines. Her Women of Age series was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. For fifteen years, Alice painted and interviewed inspiring older women, some famous and some without clothes. Together, Alice and Richard Matzkin joined creative forces to present their groundbreaking work in The Art of Aging.The Matzkins are also experienced public speakers and teachers who have appeared coast to coast. growing old.
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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    Inspirational and beautiful

    The Art of Aging is truly a gift to anyone beginning to think about the aging process or deeply inside it, at any decade of one's life. The authors appear to have very consciously gone through this process of aging in a way that is so inspiring and uplifting. This is an honest accounting of their perspective, not sugar coated, but always smart and makes you rearrange your own thinking about your own aging process. And then there's the exquisite artwork that they so generously share with the reader. Both of them are obviously accomplished artists who have delved into aging through their creativity (painting and sculpture) as well as their own personal processes. Everyone will love this book!!

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