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|
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Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Reviews
I'm at 50% read and I'm abandoning reading this book. So disappointed. What began as a cheerleader to yeah! a voice for women! yeah! a voice for women of color! yeah! a voice for artists at all ages! became a whimper of sadness that it does not include a voice for women of size. Sigh. So. Very. Discouraging. I just can't get beyond the author's narrow view of what makes an artist.
Early on in the book she specifically calls out a fellow artist as fat, and whose art cannot be taken as serious. An ...more
I LOVED this but I don’t think it would have the same appeal for general readership. You have to be into the arts or art history, and maybe even old, to fully appreciate, I think.
wonderful memoir, loved the dispiriting feelings after Crits at RISD, having gone to art school myself, I have empathy. It was extraordinary of her, a black woman of 64 and already an eminent historian to decide to change careers, highly admirable. a 3.8. My one criticism is the reproductions of her paintings, which there are many in the book, are so small that I couldn't really envision them.
Notes of Interest:
The instant I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. It’s relative to my own “starting over” circumstances and desire to return to art education, alongside my writing education and career. I was curious to know the thoughts of someone else who did it. Did she like the experience? Was it difficult? What did she bring to the table? And what did she walk away with? These were just some of the questions that compelled me.
I was not disappointed. She answered those questions and off ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It encompasses so much, it’s hard to describe. I learned so much about art and RISD and appreciated the author’s analyses of her own artistic weaknesses and strengths; her relationships with her peers; her handling of her elderly parents. It felt very honest. I also liked her can-do spirit. I also think she is a talented writer.
She is also pretty self aware, which helps, and I thought her climactic advice about only seeing oneself through ones eyes ...more
I'm struggling a bit to decide what I thought of this book. I do love the idea that at 64, renowned historian Nell Painter decided to switch gears and go to art school. I made a career change in my 30s/40s--although I wasn't famous in my previous one and didn't tackle something quite as challenging--so I was cheering her on. I learned that art school is hard, and that's it's filled with ageism, sexism, and racism just like so many other institutions. The book would get bogged down in description ...more
For those who are looking for a second career, and are thinking about going back school —especially art school, or other undergraduate program that is unrelated to your current field of expertise — I highly recommend this book. I shared many of Painter's thoughts & experiences, and so in many respects, I think it is accurate reflection of what one could expect.
As someone who was also old in art school (in my 40s, a whole generation younger than when Painter was when she went back, but still ...more
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