How are women, and artists, "seen" and judged by their age, race, and looks? And how does this seeing change, depending upon what is asked of the viewer? What does it mean when someone states (as one teacher does) that "you will never be an Artist"who defines "an Artist," and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?Old in Art School represents an ongoing exploration of such questions, one that ultimately honors curiosity, openness, and joythe joy of embracing creativity, dreams, the importance of hard work, and the stubborn determination of your own value. Nell Irvin Painter's journey is filled with surprises, even as she brings to bear the incisiveness of her insights from two careers, which combine in new ways even as they take very different approachesone searching for facts and cohesion, the other seeking the opposite. She travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of De...
|Title||:||Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over|
|Number of Pages||:||331 pages|
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Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because I have realized how invisible aging can be in our culture, and wanted to explore this a little more. As someone with an art history background, I thought this might combine two interests for me. And it did that and so much more. Nell Painter is funny and real with her struggles in art school from an intersection of all identities. She discusses racism, sexism and ageism she experienced as part of her journey. She talks about what it is like to n ...more
Good audiobook, read by the author. Painter is eminently interesting, a prominent historian turned "old" student and artist. She focuses mostly on her experience in art school and the challenge of juggling a successful career while striving toward another. I also appreciated her thoughts on navigating the art world as black and woman, caring for aging parents, and pushing through self doubt — who gets to be an artist? what is good enough — on her journey.
Nell Painter has ambition and drive; she decides to attend art school in her 60s, after an illustrious career as an academic, with the goal of becoming a professional artist. This goal prompts questions examined throughout the book such as how to define “art,” how to determine its value, and who makes these decisions. As she examines these questions, Painter views herself and her peers through a prism of age, race, and gender. I do not doubt that racism, sexism, and ageism exist – maybe more in ...more
Nell Irwin Painter’s book is a good read and it is one that checks off a number of boxes: art, aging, African Americans, academics and children dealing with aging parents. I checked several boxes; I moved on from a successful career to working as an artist later in life. I did not have the high level of academic success Ms. Painter did who is an emeritus professor from Princeton with several important books authored.
So for me the book was very pertinent and I enjoyed reading it. She is an excell ...more
a most excellent collage of a memoir with a spattering of art history. a great summer read, too.
recommend interview: www.historyworkshop.org.uk/tag/nell-p...
Nell Painter and I have lived parallel lives. The events and feeling she describes regarding her retirement, return to school, change of careers, and managing elderly parents are things I have experienced. Especially poignant are her descriptions of being treated as an older woman and not being seen or valued for the expertise she gained as a historian. I related to her feelings of inadequacy and the lack of acceptance she felt from the younger students she encountered in school It's hard to wri ...more
I think the value of this book, is Irwin Painter’s ability to lash out eloquently at those schools, art schools or not, who don’t treat the serious older student as “worthy.” In this case, Irwin Painter is a Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton. She is black. She is 70 years old. She weighs 170+ pounds. She wishes to go to Yale School of Art and receive her MFA. She wants to be “An Artist.” She loves words; her books have been lauded by the New York Times Book Review. But one serious probl ...more
Spectacular read. I will search out more of her books.