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Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

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Nell Painter

11 Hours 1 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

June 2018

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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?Old in Art School is Nell Painter's ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art. A Library Journal Editor's Pick for Spring. An O Magazine Pick of Best Books for Summer Reading. A Literary Hub Pick for June. A New York Times Pick of New and Noteworthy. A Pick of 22 Top Books for June. A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week. A BookPage Top Pick of the Month. An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Month. A Parade Magazine Pick of the Summer.

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  • Jane L.

    Loved Nell Painters autobiographical account of becoming an “artist artist”. Read by her - a wonderful journey to listen to as I paint in my studio Please let’s have more like this!!!

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