Thoughts On Art


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Finding the Artist Within

One of the most difficult and important things you will ever have to do is to decide just what kind of a artist you want to be. This short article by Hereward Lester Cooke, former curator of painting at the National Gallery of Art, gives what I think is the best advice you could ever get on becoming the artist YOU want to be.

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Slammed by a New York Art Critic

The lecture hall of the art museum was standing room only for what was sure to be a lively discussion. Despite over 1,000 entries from 12 states the juror of the 20th Joslyn Biennial was not impressed. The juror, Holly Solomon from New York City, thought of us as uneducated and that our art would not even be considered acceptable in the world of art she lived in.

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Is it Just Corn?

There was no doubt now that I had finally arrived. My painting hung on the sacred white wall of an art museum in a large city. Not in a gallery, but a museum. THE Holly Solomon, from New York, the center of THE art world, had chosen it to be hung there. But she had criticized my painting because the subject was corn. Of all people she should have known the object in the painting is not the subject. 

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Postmodernism is the new Academic Art

Last month I reluctantly attended an art opening in a small town far from a major population center, and even further from a major art center. The gallery was in the downtown area long ago abandoned by retailers, but was now in the process of a slow renovation. Most of the buildings were vacant and boarded up, and the signs of drink and drug abuse were evident in the walk of the few people that wandered the sidewalks.

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