The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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In this beautiful book, painter and sculptor Alice and Richard Matzkin explore the experience of ageing through their art, finding inspiration rather than despair. Both in their sixties, they use their paintings and sculptures and personal narrative to examine aspects of growing older -- the progression of physical changes, sensuality and relationships, ageing parents, spirituality, and death. They feature well-known people such as feminist Betty Friedan and potter Beatrice Wood, as well as friends, neighbours, relatives, and themselves. They both explore the older nude body in some of their work. Drawing on their own experiences and the wisdom of older mentors, they demonstrate that the elder years can be a time of growth and wisdom rather than stagnation and loss. This wonderfully illustrated book is a feast for the eyes as well as nurturing to the spirit, and is a useful aide to learning the art of ageing. It leads the reader to a greater appreciation of the miracle and blessing of life.

Author Biography

Matzkin, Richard |s Richard Matzkin is a sculptor, musician, therapist, and writer. He has numerous one-man shows and his sculptures are in collections throughout the United States. He attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and later received his Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University. The Matzkins share a studio next to their home in Ojai, California, near Santa Barbara. For the past dozen years, their work has focused on projects that confront their fear and curiosity about Matzkin, Alice |s Alice Matzkin has painted most of her life. She has two paintings in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. Her portraits have hung in the White House and have appeared in national magazines. Her Women of Age series was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. For fifteen years, Alice painted and interviewed inspiring older women, some famous and some without clothes. Together, Alice and Richard Matzkin joined creative forces to present their groundbreaking work in The Art of Aging.The Matzkins are also experienced public speakers and teachers who have appeared coast to coast. growing old.

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