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David Galenson

Father of Conceptual vs Experimental Theory of Creativity

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David Galenson Biography

David Galenson, a professor of economics at the prestigious University of Chicago, has become renowned as the father of the Conceptual vs. Experimental Theory of Creativity. In a career that began as an economic historian, Galenson primarily focused on the productivity and economic life cycles within the American labor market. While his research offered a glimpse into what drives the human mind, it wasn't until years later while buying a painting that Galenson became fascinated by the creative side of human thinking.

Intrigued by the work of classic and contemporary artists alike, he began to explore the life cycles and careers of such artists as Picasso and Cezanne in a quest to discover what drove each to produce excellent work. Using quantitative evidence taken from auction records, art history textbooks, and exhibitions, he discovered that great artists are divided into two distinct life patterns. They are either "conceptual innovators," who make incredible dramatic leaps in their disciplines when they are young, or "experimental innovators," who draw on a lifetime of trial and error before producing their best work.

Galenson decided to carry his thesis further and found that this Conceptual vs. Experimental Theory of Creativity applied to other arts and nearly all intellectual activities. Though initially met with resistance, his ideas have since gained momentum and acclaim, described by Wired magazine's Daniel Pink as "a unified field theory of creativity," and by The Tipping Point's Malcolm Gladwell as having "important implications."

Galenson's books, Painting Outside the Lines, Old Masters and Young Geniuses, Artistic Capital and Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art, all elaborate on his intriguing theory. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to pursue his research, and his attempt to statistically rank the great artwork of the 20th century has been profiled by The New York Times. With an enthralling body of work that, according to author Don Thompson, "goes further in using innovative methods of analysis…than anyone I know," Galenson's research may not only allow us to gain a better understanding of our own intellectual development, but may ultimately help us all to become more creative.

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Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity

When in their lives do great artists produce their greatest art? Do they strive for creative perfection throughout decades of painstaking and frustrating experimentation, or do they achieve it confidently and decisively, through meticulous planning that yields masterpieces early in their lives?

By examining the careers not only of great painters but also of important sculptors, poets, novelists, and movie directors, this presentation offers a profound new understanding of artistic creativity. Using a wide range of evidence, David Galenson demonstrates that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime.

Experimental innovators work by trial and error, and arrive at their major contributions gradually, late in life. In contrast, conceptual innovators make sudden breakthroughs by formulating new ideas, usually at an early age. Galenson shows why such artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Alfred Hitchcock were experimental old masters, and why Vermeer, van Gogh, Picasso, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles were conceptual young geniuses. He also explains how this changes our understanding of art and its past.

Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

From Picasso’s Cubism and Duchamp’s readymades to Warhol’s silkscreens and Smithson’s earthworks, the art of the twentieth century broke completely with earlier artistic traditions. A basic change in the market for advanced art produced a heightened demand for innovation, and young conceptual innovators – from Picasso and Duchamp to Rauschenberg and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst – responded not only by creating dozens of new forms of art, but also by behaving in ways that would have been incomprehensible to their predecessors.

In this talk, Galenson presents the first systematic analysis of the reasons for this discontinuity. He combines social scientific methods with qualitative analysis to produce a fundamentally new interpretation of modern art that will give listeners a far deeper appreciation of the art of the past century and of today, than is available anywhere else.

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  • Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

    From Picasso’s Cubism and Duchamp’s readymades to Warhol’s silkscreens and Smithson’s earthworks, the art of the twentieth century broke completely with earlier artistic traditions. A basic change in the market for advanced art produced a heightened demand for innovation, and young conceptual innovators – from Picasso and Duchamp to Rauschenberg and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst – responded not only by creating dozens of new forms of art, but also by behaving in ways that would have been incomprehensible to their predecessors.

    In this talk, Galenson presents the first systematic analysis of the reasons for this discontinuity. He combines social scientific methods with qualitative analysis to produce a fundamentally new interpretation of modern art that will give listeners a far deeper appreciation of the art of the past century and of today, than is available anywhere else.

  • Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity

    When in their lives do great artists produce their greatest art? Do they strive for creative perfection throughout decades of painstaking and frustrating experimentation, or do they achieve it confidently and decisively, through meticulous planning that yields masterpieces early in their lives?

    By examining the careers not only of great painters but also of important sculptors, poets, novelists, and movie directors, this presentation offers a profound new understanding of artistic creativity. Using a wide range of evidence, David Galenson demonstrates that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime.

    Experimental innovators work by trial and error, and arrive at their major contributions gradually, late in life. In contrast, conceptual innovators make sudden breakthroughs by formulating new ideas, usually at an early age. Galenson shows why such artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Alfred Hitchcock were experimental old masters, and why Vermeer, van Gogh, Picasso, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles were conceptual young geniuses. He also explains how this changes our understanding of art and its past.

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  • How do I book David Galenson to speak at my event?

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  • What are the speaker fees for David Galenson

    Speaking fees for David Galenson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book David Galenson are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire David Galenson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does David Galenson speak about?

  • Where does David Galenson travel from?

    David Galenson generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is David Galenson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like David Galenson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Galenson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host David Galenson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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David Galenson Biography

David Galenson, a professor of economics at the prestigious University of Chicago, has become renowned as the father of the Conceptual vs. Experimental Theory of Creativity. In a career that began as an economic historian, Galenson primarily focused on the productivity and economic life cycles within the American labor market. While his research offered a glimpse into what drives the human mind, it wasn't until years later while buying a painting that Galenson became fascinated by the creative side of human thinking.

Intrigued by the work of classic and contemporary artists alike, he began to explore the life cycles and careers of such artists as Picasso and Cezanne in a quest to discover what drove each to produce excellent work. Using quantitative evidence taken from auction records, art history textbooks, and exhibitions, he discovered that great artists are divided into two distinct life patterns. They are either "conceptual innovators," who make incredible dramatic leaps in their disciplines when they are young, or "experimental innovators," who draw on a lifetime of trial and error before producing their best work.

Galenson decided to carry his thesis further and found that this Conceptual vs. Experimental Theory of Creativity applied to other arts and nearly all intellectual activities. Though initially met with resistance, his ideas have since gained momentum and acclaim, described by Wired magazine's Daniel Pink as "a unified field theory of creativity," and by The Tipping Point's Malcolm Gladwell as having "important implications."

Galenson's books, Painting Outside the Lines, Old Masters and Young Geniuses, Artistic Capital and Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art, all elaborate on his intriguing theory. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to pursue his research, and his attempt to statistically rank the great artwork of the 20th century has been profiled by The New York Times. With an enthralling body of work that, according to author Don Thompson, "goes further in using innovative methods of analysis…than anyone I know," Galenson's research may not only allow us to gain a better understanding of our own intellectual development, but may ultimately help us all to become more creative.

Topics

Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity

When in their lives do great artists produce their greatest art? Do they strive for creative perfection throughout decades of painstaking and frustrating experimentation, or do they achieve it confidently and decisively, through meticulous planning that yields masterpieces early in their lives?

By examining the careers not only of great painters but also of important sculptors, poets, novelists, and movie directors, this presentation offers a profound new understanding of artistic creativity. Using a wide range of evidence, David Galenson demonstrates that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime.

Experimental innovators work by trial and error, and arrive at their major contributions gradually, late in life. In contrast, conceptual innovators make sudden breakthroughs by formulating new ideas, usually at an early age. Galenson shows why such artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Alfred Hitchcock were experimental old masters, and why Vermeer, van Gogh, Picasso, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles were conceptual young geniuses. He also explains how this changes our understanding of art and its past.

Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

From Picasso’s Cubism and Duchamp’s readymades to Warhol’s silkscreens and Smithson’s earthworks, the art of the twentieth century broke completely with earlier artistic traditions. A basic change in the market for advanced art produced a heightened demand for innovation, and young conceptual innovators – from Picasso and Duchamp to Rauschenberg and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst – responded not only by creating dozens of new forms of art, but also by behaving in ways that would have been incomprehensible to their predecessors.

In this talk, Galenson presents the first systematic analysis of the reasons for this discontinuity. He combines social scientific methods with qualitative analysis to produce a fundamentally new interpretation of modern art that will give listeners a far deeper appreciation of the art of the past century and of today, than is available anywhere else.

David Galenson Speaking Topics

  • Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

    From Picasso’s Cubism and Duchamp’s readymades to Warhol’s silkscreens and Smithson’s earthworks, the art of the twentieth century broke completely with earlier artistic traditions. A basic change in the market for advanced art produced a heightened demand for innovation, and young conceptual innovators – from Picasso and Duchamp to Rauschenberg and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst – responded not only by creating dozens of new forms of art, but also by behaving in ways that would have been incomprehensible to their predecessors.

    In this talk, Galenson presents the first systematic analysis of the reasons for this discontinuity. He combines social scientific methods with qualitative analysis to produce a fundamentally new interpretation of modern art that will give listeners a far deeper appreciation of the art of the past century and of today, than is available anywhere else.

  • Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity

    When in their lives do great artists produce their greatest art? Do they strive for creative perfection throughout decades of painstaking and frustrating experimentation, or do they achieve it confidently and decisively, through meticulous planning that yields masterpieces early in their lives?

    By examining the careers not only of great painters but also of important sculptors, poets, novelists, and movie directors, this presentation offers a profound new understanding of artistic creativity. Using a wide range of evidence, David Galenson demonstrates that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime.

    Experimental innovators work by trial and error, and arrive at their major contributions gradually, late in life. In contrast, conceptual innovators make sudden breakthroughs by formulating new ideas, usually at an early age. Galenson shows why such artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Alfred Hitchcock were experimental old masters, and why Vermeer, van Gogh, Picasso, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles were conceptual young geniuses. He also explains how this changes our understanding of art and its past.

FAQs on booking David Galenson

  • How do I book David Galenson to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like David Galenson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for David Galenson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for David Galenson or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for David Galenson

    Speaking fees for David Galenson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book David Galenson are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire David Galenson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does David Galenson speak about?

  • Where does David Galenson travel from?

    David Galenson generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is David Galenson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like David Galenson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Galenson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host David Galenson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

David Galenson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art and Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Galenson for your event is available upon request. David Galenson generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ralph Nader, Jeff Taylor, Joseph Stiglitz, Ray Kurzweil and John Zogby. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Galenson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

David Galenson Speaking Topics

  • Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art

    From Picasso’s Cubism and Duchamp’s readymades to Warhol’s silkscreens and Smithson’s earthworks, the art of the twentieth century broke completely with earlier artistic traditions. A basic change in the market for advanced art produced a heightened demand for innovation, and young conceptual innovators – from Picasso and Duchamp to Rauschenberg and Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst – responded not only by creating dozens of new forms of art, but also by behaving in ways that would have been incomprehensible to their predecessors.

    In this talk, Galenson presents the first systematic analysis of the reasons for this discontinuity. He combines social scientific methods with qualitative analysis to produce a fundamentally new interpretation of modern art that will give listeners a far deeper appreciation of the art of the past century and of today, than is available anywhere else.

  • Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity

    When in their lives do great artists produce their greatest art? Do they strive for creative perfection throughout decades of painstaking and frustrating experimentation, or do they achieve it confidently and decisively, through meticulous planning that yields masterpieces early in their lives?

    By examining the careers not only of great painters but also of important sculptors, poets, novelists, and movie directors, this presentation offers a profound new understanding of artistic creativity. Using a wide range of evidence, David Galenson demonstrates that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime.

    Experimental innovators work by trial and error, and arrive at their major contributions gradually, late in life. In contrast, conceptual innovators make sudden breakthroughs by formulating new ideas, usually at an early age. Galenson shows why such artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Jackson Pollock, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Alfred Hitchcock were experimental old masters, and why Vermeer, van Gogh, Picasso, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, and Orson Welles were conceptual young geniuses. He also explains how this changes our understanding of art and its past.

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