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 via the accomplishments of getting older artists, past due creative works, and aged arts audiences. It severely examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and should be of curiosity to quite a lot of execs and scholars in those fields.

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Baltes and his colleagues (1990) agreed. " [T]he empirical harvest is relatively small [for the] truly superior performances of older adults" (p. 64). For Kastenbaum (1991b), the paucity of research on late-life creativity arises from the overemphasis on indices that record the amount of work, rather than the more qualitative aspects of old age, su ch as its "creative spirit" (pp. 5-6). Consider, too , that late-life creativity occurs relatively infrequently, just as there are only a few old wise people (Clayton, 1975).

1665); and lastly, transcendent, as when the aged face death (Michelangelo's three Pieta s, c. 1499, 1550-55, and c. 1555-1564); and four works by Kathe Kollwitz (d. 1943), including a self-portrait, undated except for one sketched in 1938). A somewhat similar set of three categories emerged from a survey of visual images from America's past to the present by Shenk and Achenbaum (1994; see also Achenbaum and Kusnerz, 1978, 1982). They found negative images, where the emphasis was on physical decline and reflected ageism; positive images, characterized by wisdom and successful aging; and "adult," or mi xed views, which combined the previous two categories.

14 Chapter 1 directed film for 67 years. In music, the Romanian pianist Delavrancea gave his last public recital at age 103 , and the Polish pianist Mieczyslow Horszowski holds the record for the longest international career: 60 years. The oldest active musician, Jennie Newhouse, was an organist for 66 years. Ukrania Reizen sang major roles in opera at 90, while the Japanese singer Tioyotake sang for 81 years. The oldest author, the American Sarah Louise Delaney, published her second book at age 105 and the ballroom dancer Sylvest retired at 94.

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