THE ART OF AGING: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self

The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self, by Alice and Richard Matzkin

In their award winning book, The Art of Aging, painter Alice Matzkin and sculptor Richard Matzkin share the wisdom of elder mentors to look for the positive side of growing older and to come to acceptance and appreciation of their aging.

In this beautiful and touching book, a couple painter Alice Matzkin and sculptor Richard Matzkin explore the experience of aging through their art. In a series of projects that confront their fear and curiosity about growing old, they examine physical changes, sensuality and relationships, aging parents, spirituality and death. Drawing on their personal experiences and the wisdom of older mentors, they conclude that the elder years can be a time of ripening and harvest rather than stagnation and despair. Their art features well-known people such as feminist Betty Friedan and potter Beatrice Wood, as well as friends, neighbors, relatives and themselves. Both artists find a source of creativity in the older nude body. This profusely illustrated book contains a wealth of inspiration, especially for those about to enter their later years.

The book is the recipient of two book awards. The Independent Publishers IPPY award and the Nautilus award for books that promote conscious living, spiritual growth and positive social change.

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The Art of Aging Reader's Guide

The Matzkins have made available a free Art of Aging reader's guide to their book The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self. It consists of questions and activities based on the text, which promote self-examination and deepen understanding of a variety of issues around aging.

Book Endorsements

"Take this book and move slowly through it. Let the images work inside you and make room for the feelings and reflections they engender. I am deeply moved by the Matzkins' vision."

Richard Moss, M.D.
Author of The Mandala of Being

"This is a beautiful book. The art work is sensitive and the content is meaningful. A must read for people of all ages."

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.
Author of With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life

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Banner photo by: Fred Zeller / Smaller photo of Alice and Richard by: Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters, Series 2009