Post #527 • April 29, 2005, 12:58 PM • 43 Comments
An alert reader pointed out that I've been saying something a lot like this for a while now:
Many artists find all this depressing and regularly disparage the carousing and ask if it's possible to get their work out without behaving in bogus ways. Not to sound like a Creed song, but no matter how serious an artist is, it's almost impossible to behave this flippantly and still maintain one's credibility. There's nothing wrong with showing work when you're young, but art has to be its own reward. Artists have to not only think about having 30-month careers but about 30-year careers. Almost every artist has two lives: The outer one of career and success, and the inner one that we all got into this for in the first place, the one about work, obsession, and discovery. These days the outer journey is being mistaken for the inner one. This has to change. The characters in the [ArtForum.com] Diary are only actors in a passing infomercial. If enough young artists and dealers start turning away, this turning away will turn into something else.
Mr. Saltz said it better.
Artist have to decide whether to forge careers like those of pop musicians or jazz musicians - to favor fast, big success or slow, long success. You may not be able to have both - they require different ways of working, with different priorities. We expect comeliness and catchiness from our pop musicians; we expect artistic integrity from our jazz musicians.