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Conceptual Creativity

Beauty From Chaos

David Galenson | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
David Galenson

Luis Felipe Noé is one of the giants of contemporary Latin American art. He is a protean conceptual innovator, whose art has never ceased to change: ...

Channeling Creativity: Dylan, Plath, and Uncle Tom

David Galenson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

Not all conceptual writers work as fast as Dylan and Plath, nor do all experimental writers work as slowly as Bishop. But the differing speeds of composition are not accidental.

Apple Is No Longer Picasso, or Dylan

David Galenson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

Walter Isaacson wrote that Steve Jobs' favorite words were "revolutionary" and "incredible;" it seems unlikely that Tim Cook uses these with any frequency. And because of that, Apple is no longer Picasso, or Dylan, or Jobs.

Seamus Heaney, Experimental Poet

David Galenson | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

In an overwhelmingly conceptual era, in which nearly all the arts are dominated by precious young geniuses showing off their technical virtuosity and theoretical sophistication, Seamus Heaney was a great experimental old master.

Poetic Late Bloomers: William Butler Yeats as Model

David Galenson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

The myth of early poetic greatness is an unfortunate example of synecdoche, for it mistakes one part of poetry for the whole.

Recognizing That Poets Don't Peak Early: T.S. Eliot Reads Shakespeare

David Galenson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

T.S. Eliot was the quintessential conceptual young genius. The extended and gradual growth of the experimental Shakespeare was clearly puzzling, and perhaps uncomfortable, to the conceptual Eliot, whose own life cycle of creativity was so different.

Art Rules?

David Galenson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Few, if any, domains, and certainly none in the arts, have a single, fixed set of rules and practices, that are accepted and followed by all practitioners. Instead, many if not most disciplines simultaneously have several different sets of rules.