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Finding the Muse
A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity

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  • Author: Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044790

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  • Finding the Muse explores the lives of a group of aspiring fine artists from the mid-1960s, when they completed art school, to the mid-1980s, focusing especially on problems of artistic creativity as they relate to such issues as the mystique of the artist, the challenge of establishing community among artists, the place of the art market in the construction of artistic identity, and the limits and possibilities of modern and postmodern art itself. By identifying the salient problems of contemporary artistic activity, the author seeks both to reconstruct more optimal conditions of creativity and to provide direction for how these conditions might be brought about.

    • An accessible guide to the social and psychological aspects of being an artist
    • Emphasizes the importance of social context in artistic creativity
    • Suggests directions for achieving more optimal conditions of creativity
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    "An outstanding work...Engaging, critically, a variety of 'individualist' views focusing on the encapsulation of the artist, the author makes a strong case for the socio-historical-cultural constitution both of artists and works of art. An exceptionally well written book, accessible both to professional scholars and to intelligent general readers. A 'find.'" Choice

    "Finding the Muse can be read as a work on the sociopsychology of creativity and artistic work. It should be read simultaneously as a statement of viewpoint about directions for psychology as a field. In both readings, it is a significant contribution that deserves serious intention." Margery B. Franklin, Contemporary Psychology

    "Finding the Muse will be welcomed in social psychological circles..." Caterina Pizanias, Theory of Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044790
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.518kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Social reality and the space of creativity
    2. To be an artist
    3. In the company of others
    4. Creativity and the market
    5. The dream of artistic freedom
    6. The conditions of creativity
    Appendix: the Artists Project

  • Author

    Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts

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