Quotes of the Week
Post #1608 • June 12, 2013, 10:28 PM • 1 Comment
When you start to think of the arts as not this thing that is going to get you somewhere in terms of becoming an artist or becoming famous or whatever it is that people do, but rather a way of making being in the world not just bearable, but fascinating, then it starts to get interesting again.
There is one more thing about the value of skill that I have been struggling to say in words for a long time and I am still not able to say it right but I will try. To master anything in this day and age is to buck the tide of what’s normal. It takes years and years of mighty and patient effort that goes largely unrecognized and unvalued. Contemporary art practice demands, as a compulsory matter of self-evident truth, that “real artists” follow the idea, not the medium, ultimately leaving artists largely influent in all technical, meticulous languages. It is presumed that this is all just fine and there’s no cost. Over and over again I hear glass artists, who are probably wetting their pants in fear that they will be referred to as a “Glass Artist” say that they choose glass merely because it best suits their ideas.
God forbid they should cop to a love of a single material or system of techniques over their incandescent concepts. Is it really skill that’s in disrepute or is it fidelity, commitment and love itself? Sometimes I wonder...
Let me put it this way: when a mechanic does a poor job fixing your car, on one level it’s merely annoying. And yet, on another its grandly insulting as we can’t help but be reminded of how much is missing from this modern world. I mean, if the mechanic loved you, they would have done a better job. Silly, I know. But when it comes to art, you see the point. Skill is a form of love.
David Cross (played by Louis C.K.):
I think art is more important than water.
Shows I will see, shows I wish I could see, and items of personal import for anyone concerned.
Through June 13: "Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets" at Tibor de Nagy, New York City.
Through June 21: "Albert York: A Loan Exhibition" at Davis and Langdale, New York City.
Starts June 22: "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966," at the Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, San Francisco.
Through July 20: "Karla Wozniak: This Weather Is Cosmic" at Gregory Lind, San Franciso.
Through August 11: "Franklin Einspruch: According" at Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College, Boston.
Starts October 14: "Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Runs through January 5.