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Exciting New Reviews and Interviews!
Buy Old in Art School—
Click link for details on event location, time, and contact information. (Book Events schedule is in process and other events will be added as they are confirmed.)
|Monday, July 9, 2018||NW African American Museum||Seattle, WA|
|Wednesday, July 11, 2018||East Bay Booksellers||Oakland, CA|
|Monday, July 23, 2018||Museum of the City of New York||New York, NY|
|Wednesday, July 25, 2018||Harvard Book Store||Cambridge, MA|
|Wednesday, October 24, 2018||Prairie View A & M University||Prairie View, TX|
|Thursday, October 25, 2018||Brazos Bookstore||Houston, TX|
|Tuesday, October 30, 2018||Bookworks||Albuquerque, NM|
|Thursday, November 1, 2018||Santa Fe Art Institute||Sante Fe, NM|
|Thursday, November 8, 2018||Quail Ridge Books||Raleigh, NC|
Nell Painter’s New Book
Nell Painter’s art school memoir is here! Official publication kick-off was at the New York Public Library on 19 June 2018. Stay tuned for other events around the country.
- Review in The New York Times:
"Seeing the Art World Through Personal and Political Lenses"
- One of NYT's Editor's Choice in new books, June 28, 2018
- Review in The Boston Globe, June 29, 2018:
"A portrait of the artist as an older woman" (PDF of review)
- O's Top Books of Summer — Oprah's list of summer's best books on Oprah.com
- Starred review from Publishers' Weekly
- Starred review from Library Journal
- Starred review from Foreword Review (pdf of advance copy)
- Review from Kirkus
- Review from Women's Review of Books, Vol. 35, No. 3, May/June 2018 (pdf)
- Buzzfeed has featured Old in Art School on their summer reading list
- Hyperallergic's review
- Review in The Undefeated Books section: "In new memoir, a pathbreaking historian of ‘whiteness’ recounts her attempt to be a Serious Artist:
‘Old in Art School,’ Nell Irvin Painter is humbled but also enlightened"
- Review in BookPage (Top Pick in Nonfiction, July 2018): "Old in Art School—Paint by numbers"
- Entertainment Weekly: Old in Art School is one of "20 new books to read in June"
- TIME review: "This Woman Went to Art School in Her 60s, Proving It’s Never Too Late to Pivot" (on Time.com, and published in the July 02, 2018 issue of TIME
- Included in Los Angeles Times "A short and satisfying summer books preview"
- An article in Artsy magazine, reviewing and discussing Old in Art School: Is Art School Only for the Young?"
- NPR Interview with Scott Simon,
June 16, 2018 — Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday
"‘Old In Art School’: An MFA Inspires A Memoir Of Age"
- Interview with Press-Republican, newspaper of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, NY (Plattsburgh, NY):
"Report on an encore career by a celebrated historian—Following retirement, Nell Painter pursued BFA, MFA in art school in her 60s", By Robin Caudell
- BookPage Interview with Nell Painter (July 2018)
- The Atlantic Interview: "The Wisdom of Going Back to School in Retirement—The historian Nell Painter discusses her lifelong love of art, and how it felt to finally pursue her dream after she left the workplace" by Lolade Fadulu
- The Millions (online literary magazine) interview (June 28, 2018):
"I Make What I Want: The Millions Interviews Nell Painter"
- The Seattle Times interview/review (June 29, 2018):
"Nell Irvin Painter segues from history professor to artist, at age 64"
- KCRW audio interview -- Press Play with Madeleine Brand (Jul5 5, 2018):
"Nell Painter on being ‘old’ in art school" (14 min. 23 sec segment)
EXCERPTS FROM "OLD IN ART SCHOOL"
- Link to an excerpt published on "Longreads" website:
- Link to another excerpt published on NPR.org, with Scott Simon interview
SYNOPSIS FROM JACKET COVER
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.
PRAISE FOR OLD IN ART SCHOOL
“Painter chronicles her experience of returning to art school as an older African American woman with honest and elegant prose. Her narrative weaves expertly among her art school experience, family upbringing, the loss of her mother, caring for her father at a distance, and art itself. . . . Painter’s memoir presents her as an accessible artist, warm and inviting and keen to share her hard-won insights into her craft.”
—LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
“Old in Art School is a glorious achievement…Nell Painter has taken the coming of age story to a new level—this is what you get when a wise person gets even wiser, when a true artist spreads her wings.”
—TAYARI JONES, author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow
“Nell Painter’s masterful, disarmingly witty, and profound book Old in Art School will change your perspective about what is possible in the full arc of a life. Her probing book about [her] art school journey, as sage as it is humorous, revels in the untold magic of exploring how beginnings can happen at all stages of the journey. This book is indispensable nourishment for the creative soul.”
—SARAH LEWIS, Harvard University, author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery
“Nell Painter has courage and intelligence. She reminds us that the only option as we grow older is to grow younger. Never forgetting our curiosity and passion, we are well armed for the challenge.”
—MAIRA KALMAN, author of The Principles of Uncertainty and Beloved Dog
“Painter extracts important lessons about gender and racial politics in contemporary America that, contrary to the norm in art schools, demonstrate that such complex issues of ‘identity’ can be addressed in plain but vivid language, even as she gives artistic questions the edge. An invigoratingly affirmative, refreshingly unjaded case for following one’s passion.”
—ROBERT STORR, professor, painting and printmaking, Yale University School of Art
“Even before a teacher tells her, ‘You’ll never be an artist,’ Painter’s story wins us over with its contrarian premise. Among twenty-somethings, Painter proves herself a sharp observer—not just of art school partying, pedagogy, and process, but also of generational, sexual, and racial blind spots. Painter has produced a cheerful and beguiling memoir, one that will inspire readers of any age to consider starting again.”
—ALEXI WORTH, artist
“Painter blows up treasured clichés about what it means to be ‘an artist’ and who fits that role, presenting us with comic scenes of questionable pedagogy. This book…deserves to be widely read and hotly discussed!”
—JOYCE KOZLOFF, artist
“Memoirs by black women artists are extremely rare, and this one is so beautifully written, so perfectly formed in terms of its storytelling trajectory…Old in Art School seems both definitive and unforgettable.”
—MICHELE WALLACE, author of Dark Designs and Visual Culture
“What a delightful turn by Nell Painter. One would read anything she wrote, having written what she has, but this chronicle of going to undergraduate and then graduate art school in her sixties is an especially fascinating, lively work.”
—RICK SIMONSON, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, WA)
“Painter is a personality par excellence; forthright, erudite, and perfectly profane, her voice enthralls. . . . Filled with immense insight and presence, Painter’s memoir confronts a variety of issues and what it means to shoulder those burdens in the pursuit of art. Essential reading.”
—FOREWORD REVIEWS, starred review
“It is impossible to read Nell Painter's generous and whole-souled memoir without feeling enlivened by motivation... Old in Art School is a celebration of courage, curiosity, and the audacity to live by one's own rules.”
—BUZZFEED'S "1 of 30 Exciting New Books to Add to your Summer Reading List"
"Bold, brave...Old in Art School is a fascinating memoir about Painter’s daring choice to follow a passion with courage and intellect, even when the odds seemed firmly stacked against her."
—BOOKPAGE, Top Pick in Nonfiction, July 2018
Published by COUNTERPOINT PRESS, www.counterpointpress.com
For author interviews, reviews, and excerpts, contact:
Lena Moses-Schmitt, Publicist – 510.704.0230 ext. 215
For sales and marketing queries, contact:
Jennifer Kovitz, Associate Publisher and Director of Marketing
|2018 Book Events|
|Monday, July 9, 2018||NW African American Museum||7:00 pm – 9:00 pm||Seattle, WA||
Location: Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street (23rd and S. Massachusetts St.)
Seattle, WA 98144
Event Contact: http://www.naamnw.org/event/writeon-author-series-with-nell-painter
Marie T. Kidhe, Events Manager, (206) 518-6000 ext 111
Telephone: (206) 518-6000
|Wednesday, July 11, 2018||East Bay Booksellers||7:00 pm||Oakland, CA||
Location: 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Event Contact: https://www.ebbooksellers.com/event/nell-painter-presents-her-memoir-old-art-school-conversation-w-ishmael-reed
Nell Painter presents her memoir Old in Art School (in conversation w/ Ishmael Reed)
Telephone: (510) 653-9965
|Monday, July 23, 2018||Museum of the City of New York||6:30 pm – 8:30 pm||New York, NY||
Location: 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St., New York, NY 10029
Event Contact: http://www.mcny.org/event/nell-painter-and-vivian-gornick-conversation
Nell Painter and Vivian Gornick in Conversation. Reception and book signing to follow; ticket required (fee includes museum admission)
Telephone: (212) 534-1672
|Wednesday, July 25, 2018||Harvard Book Store||7:00 pm||Cambridge, MA||Location: 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Event Contact: http://www.harvard.com/event/nell_painter/
Acclaimed historian and artist Nell Painter will be joined in conversation by author, curator, and Harvard Assistant Professor Sarah Lewis
Telephone: (617) 661-1515, (800) 542-READ
|Wednesday, October 24, 2018||Prairie View A & M University, Texas||Prairie View, TX||
Location: 700 University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446,
Mail: P.O. Box 519, Prairie View, TX 77446
Event Contact: https://www.pvamu.edu/contact-us/
Telephone: (936) 261-3311
|Thursday, October 25, 2018||Brazos Bookstore||7:00 pm||Houston, TX||
Location: 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Event Contact: http://www.brazosbookstore.com/events (not on calendar yet)
Telephone: (713) 523-0701
|Tuesday, October 30, 2018||Bookworks||Albuquerque, NM||
Location: 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Event Contact: http://www.bkwrks.com/event (not on calendar yet)
Telephone: (505) 344-8139
|Thursday, November 1, 2018||Santa Fe Art Institute||Santa Fe, NM||
Location: 600 St. Michael’s Dr., Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Mail: PO Box 24044, Santa Fe, NM 87502
Event Contact: https://sfai.org/events/ (not on calendar yet)
Telephone: (505) 424-5050
|Thursday, November 8, 2018||Quail Ridge Books||7:00 pm||Raleigh, NC||
Location: North Hills, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh NC 27609
Event Contact: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/nell-painter-old-art-school
Telephone: (919) 828-1588