“Respect “the genius of a place.”
Subordinate details to the whole.
The art is to conceal art.
Aim for the unconscious.
Avoid fashion for fashion’s sake.
Formal training isn’t required.
Stand for something.
Utility trumps ornament.
Never too much, hardly enough.”— Ten Design Lessons - Frederick Law Olmsted (via andrewharlow)
My first inclination of an answer to this question is to probably acquire a quality education. And by that I mean not the piece of paper that is the byproduct of that education(degree) so I can get a job and call it a life.
Aren’t we supposed to go to college for the education? I ask because that doesn’t seem to be the trend anymore, people are treating universities as factories that are intended to turn high school graduates into working class citizens, I get that this is and should be a part of the experience, and maybe that is a reason why I am going to college, but here are some of my 1000 reasons I am going in order of priority:
#1 - To improve my technical artistic skills
#2 - To develop my artistic taste and vision
# 3 - To actually know what I am talking about when discussing art and art history
# 4 - To meet and work with people smarter, more skilled, and more talented than me
#5 - To pass on what I learn to anyone who cares to learn it
#798 - To take my degree and get a job with it
In short, I am actually going to school to just learn the skills and ideas of my major and to absorb the knowledge that goes with it, I admit that taking classes I was interested in to learn things and skills I was interested in is one reason I am on the 13 year education plan… but I wouldn’t be painting, working for Proxart, writing this post, or working with artists if I never explored my interests and took a couple of art classes. I recently read a post of an MFA student who basically said the same thing by saying that she is going to graduate school simply to be a better painter, even it if means a better job doesn’t come with it as a result.
And ya you don’t have to tell me twice about the economy, job outlooks, the recession etc etc. Trust me these things cross my mind as I go through school and getting a decent job is a priority; but I don’t ever want a job search and a desire for a certain level of earned income every obstruct my passion for creativity, knowledge, and the desire to facilitate artists and the art world.
So whether I am working at my dream job at a gallery, school, museum, magazine etc or working at a retail store, I’m still going to paint, I am still going to want to learn about art, I am still going to want to work with and meet other artists, and that is why I want to go to school.
Why do(did) you want to go to school? (Seriously respond with an answer)
The title of this post refers to the general cliched idea floating around that art curating and dealing is just about picking good art and enjoying good wine at opening exhibitions.
While drinking good wine is definitely part of good curating, picking art/objects is just the tip of the iceberg of curatorial practices. Therefore whenever I experience something relevant that takes place behind the scenes of something I am doing involving curating, I will chronicle it via these “chapters”.
Without further ado:
Chapter 1 - Sometimes the art doesn’t come to you.
Believe it or not, the art curators choose for an exhibition, or gallery space does not always appear via mail or by delivery of the artist. Obviously if that works for both me and the artists that is probably preferable. But in my opinion the #1 responsibility I have as a gallerist/curator is to serve at the pleasure of the artists I work with. In other words, I will do almost anything for an artist that gives me the honor to curate their work.
As a result of this philosophy, taking a trip to pick up an artists work is totally within reason and doable and I was excited to do it today by driving up to Lancaster CA(the equivalent to the moon for some So Cal peeps) to pick up some fantastic paintings from an artist from that area. I personally think his work is a big secret that is going to get out soon, and its all worthwhile if I can play a role in making that happen.
I’ve read about curators flying all over the world to pick up work so I thought it appropriate to mark my first trip to pick up an artists work with a blog post. I hope it’s the first of many.
The paintings I picked up ended up at the Kreativ cooperative workspace. If you in the So Cal area come by and check out the work.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”—Mark Twain (via elena2)