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Letters
24 Everything will be okay

Dear Artist, At the beginning of 2020, I began work on some paintings for a show scheduled to open that Spring. Everything was humming along at an intense but pleasant pace when the world locked down and the show was…

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18 The distraction technique

Dear Artist, Last Sunday at 2 p.m. my friend Murray came to the studio. He brought with him a very nice 1999 “Carmen” Chablis (Chile) as well as some ripe Limburger and a good Brie. He even brought his own…

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17 Creativity by committee

Dear Artist, Last summer, after being invited to submit to an open call, artist Lava Thomas’ proposal for a public monument was selected amongst hundreds of applicants and three finalists. The work, as part of the city’s effort to remedy…

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11 Talking about colour

Dear Artist, The “literary colour” of a decent cigar is some sort of brown. On close examination, this Cuban I’ve been looking at for two years, thinking about smoking, and resisting, has a “local colour” of raw umber with traces…

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5 Royalties

Dear Artist, When American art dealer Seth Seigelaub wrote The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement in 1971 — with the help of lawyer Robert Projansky — it was with the goal of compensating creators should their work ever…

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6 Continuous Partial Attention

Dear Artist, The other day I was looking into the eyes of a painter as she painted. If eyes are the windows of the soul, they may also give clues to the creative process. I noticed several unique eye-movements: In…

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10 Levels of exoticism

Dear Artist, Social scientist and Professor of Ethics at Columbia Business School Adam Galinsky has discovered that people who are close to someone from another culture score higher on routine creativity tests. In his study, Going Out of the Box:…

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6 Dhyana

Dear Artist, Mohinder Puri of Delhi, India, wrote, “It’s easy to say that focus is possible through effort, but it has a great deal to do with innate mental capacity — what we call practicing “Dhyana” in Sanskrit. A certain…

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17 An instrument of power

Dear Artist, When the invention of photography transformed portraiture from luxury art item to affordable record-keeping, portrait painters found themselves slightly freed from the vanities of their sitters. Once used solely as an instrument of power, portrait painting was quickly…

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12 On being casual

Dear Artist, On Monday, I was a member of a jury. All of the entries, 777 of them, had been previously juried by slide by a single outsider juror. The selected show of 55 paintings was now hung and five…

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