Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

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Author/Editor: Painter, Nell
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Date: 2018
Binding: Hard cover
Condition: USED - Fine in fine dust jacket. An excellent, unmarked copy with no obvious signs of wear.

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school--in her sixties--to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.

How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, "You will never be an artist"? Who defines what an artist is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?