Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on by Martin S. Lindauer

By Martin S. Lindauer

This quantity explores the strengths and possibilities of previous age as those are manifested by way of the accomplishments of getting older artists, overdue inventive works, and aged arts audiences. It significantly examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and may be of curiosity to quite a lot of execs and scholars in those fields.

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Thus, scientific generalizations derived from statistically massed data about old artists and late works as a group can be enlivened by narrative accounts of exemplary older artists and apt examples of their work.

Cjenius in the arts is universally considered to be a clear manifestation of creativity. (Rothenburg & Greenberg, 1974 , p. xvi; c]. Rodeheaver, Emmons, & Powers, 1998 , p. 203) Art and artists are particularly visible exemplars of creativity, especially when reputations endure for centuries (Da Vinci's Mona Lisa). Moreover, old artists and the art of their old age bear on late-life creativity, aging, and the course of development. 23 M. S. Lindauer, Aging, Creativity, and Art © Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003 Chapter 2 24 OLD AGE AND THE ARTS Th e elderly engage in a wide range of artistic acti vities (Cohen, 1997) .

The host of disciplines represent different methods and goals. The arts emphasize intuitive inquiries and expressive outcomes. The humanities favor narrative analyses of the individual and highlight the unique. Science depends on the tools of the laboratory to disclose broad generalizations. Multiple directions not only stretch the scope of late-life creativity but also challenge the "two-cultur es" conflict between science and the humanities (Snow. 1959; Cornelius. 1964). The study of late-life creativity therefore connects a remarkable range of disciplines.

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