Today's convention Super Session: A Conversation with Chuck Close & Irving Sandler (chronicler of the NY art world, art commentator, &educator)
Amazing, amazing. This session made the whole conference worthwhile, which was good because I was very unlucky at some of my workshop choices. Here are some choice tidbits from the amazing Mr. Close:
- "The prevailing wisdom always sucks."
- "There are only two things grad school is good for (nothing you will learn will ever be useful): Work habits, and the sense of community."
- "Ease is the enemy of the artist."
- "If you know what art should look like, it's not hard to make some of it."
- "Inspiration is overrated."
- "Inspiration is for amateurs."
- "Don't sit around and wait for inspiration; just sit down and get to work."
- "We don't always know what we want to do, but we always know what we DON'T want to do."
- "Self-imposed limitations are always good to move you to a new place."
And so much more. Mr. Close was sharp and witty, and regaled the appreciative audience with funny stories particularly about his time as a young man in the Yale School of Art. He spoke about his peers at that time, all names that we've learned about in art school.
That's it for tonight! Tomorrow - about MoMA.