In Walks: Considering Kiefer

Anslem Kiefer has been called one of the great artists of our time, Germany’s greatest living artist and has been on the scene larger than life since the 70s. I began asking myself what makes for a “Great” artist?

Is it the 10,000 hours of working at something that Malcolm Gladwell suggests it takes a person to become a master? Is it the volume of work, having a compulsion, a personal vision, a burning idea which one feels compelled to impart, an innate ability or a learned craft? Is it a taking on of the mantel of one’s generation or one’s country? Is it planned out as a strategy, which seems suspiciously like what some of our Big Box artists today seem about (and is that bad, or just big business)? What about intimate art? What about art that doesn’t bash boundaries but is innovative in its honesty?

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The Invitational

The American Academy of Arts and Letters’ “Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” opened on March 4th and runs through April 12th. The 250 Academy members look at contemporary American art and find about 150 artists who they nominate. These artists are then narrowed down to this year’s participants by a committee of 10 who choose those to be included his years show. 37 were chosen. The curator Souhad Rafey, then working with the artists, picks the work to be included based on their input and her own vision for the exhibit. – See more at:

Three Correlations WB 2014

Authors: Yuko Otomo  –  Christine Hughes – Randee Silv

By various estimates there are between 60 and 300 biennials worldwide, and the number seems to be growing daily. Each biennial (which is by definition a show of contemporary art) has at least one curator, usually more. Where are all these curators coming from? And what is their role in the current art market? – See more at:

Three Correlations: Jess & Duncan

Authors: Yuko Otomo  –  Christine Hughes – Randee Silv

“Best minds of my generation”* some of them
“angelheaded hipsters”* most of them
missing persons,
missing pieces needed from persons present.
graphic work, paintings needing cleaning.
romanticism, mysticism, wisdom.
palettes formed by crayon colors, by muted mystery,
by yellowing newspapers.
ephemera, glimpsing genius. – See more at:

In Walks: John Davis Gallery

Review & Interview

I spent a very cold January morning this week at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson speaking to John about his life, work, past and upcoming shows at his gallery. This gallery for me is one of a handful that I can count on for seeing a show of interest. The work may not always be to my liking, but it is always high caliber.

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