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Bill Scott: A Prolonged Moment

Post #1865 • June 11, 2020, 5:53 AM

[Image: Bill Scott, A Prolonged Moment, 2019, Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 55 inches]

Bill Scott, A Prolonged Moment, 2019, Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 55 inches

Bill Scott has a new show of his work opening at Hollis Taggart on Monday, because the gallery is closed to the public so why not, really. Viewings by appointment can be arranged. It includes watercolors, a medium to which he has returned after a long time away from it.

I wrote about Bill for Art in America in 2012 and contributed an essay to the catalogue of his 2018 exhibition at Hollis Taggart.

Larry Groff did a masterful, museum-monograph-quality interview with Bill back in April.

I always share with the students my belief that to paint is to allow oneself to feel vulnerable. I also say the best paintings are those made when the artist doesn’t yet know how to make them. Almost every time I go into my studio, I feel as if I no longer remember how to paint. That’s great! One needs to approach the process with a lot of uncertainty.

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity," sang Yeats. And thus here we are in this often ridiculous world. I would like very much to get in front of some Scotts and take in some top-shelf uncertainty.




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