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Letters
0 Play The Game

Dear Artist, Here’s yet another creative device that’s fun to put into service and frequently produces surprising results: Think of your creativity as a game. Games generally have rules and restrictions, as well as an opponent. Games also offer the…

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0 Competence

Dear Artist, The feeling of competence is the first evidence of professionalism — that lovely space that comes when we can look at a job well done and can say that it fulfils or exceeds what was first envisioned. Professionalism…

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0 Blocked

Dear Artist, I’ve heard lots of reasons for being creatively blocked. An artist once told me he was blocked because he was unhappy at home. Within a few hours I heard from another who thought he was blocked because his…

Letters
0 The wired artist

Dear Artist, Most artists need some sort of sanctuary — a mentally uncluttered environment where they can get in touch with their muse. From the number of letters I’ve received it seems there’s a new and dangerous threat to a…

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0 A New York Story

Dear Artist, At the Whitney on Wednesday there’s lots of films behind curtains in dark rooms. One loop is a guy getting himself tattooed, then getting graphically cut up and branded to a mumbling monologue voice over. “Hey, there’s a…

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0 A New York Opening

Dear Artist, It’s Monday night. My friend Jill, a Wall Streeter, (Columbia,’96) invites me to an opening in Manhattan. A friend of a friend of a friend. We hop the subway to a cool part of town. Jill says that…

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0 They said it was hopeless

Dear Artist, Robb Dunfield was an active nineteen-year-old sportsman, ski instructor, and all ’round good chap when he had his accident. He and three of his friends plunged from an insecure balcony of an unfinished building. Robb received irreversible injuries…

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0 Endowment

Dear Artist, One thing we learn about life is that we can’t always get what we want. Some people have come to realize that while it may be preferable to live forever — just because they desire it doesn’t mean…

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0 Success Syndromes

Dear Artist, Success in art is the approximate realization of potential. Success requires effort, often on unpredictable levels. You may have noted that the feeling of success breeds self-esteem and quickly heals the wounds of previous failures. Right or…

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0 The Happy Struggle

Dear Artist, He’s a painter of portraits. But the struggle he goes through plays itself out in the studios of artists of all stripes. This man happens to work from photographs he takes himself. “If Leonardo had been shown…