Seeing Is Not Opinion

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Seeing Is Not Opinion

Is one person’s opinion just as good as the next? Yes. Opinion is egalitarian. Taking a point of view or making a judgment indifferent to the facts or uninformed by substance disqualifies all opinions equally from anything but the most  casual of chatter and the least serious of conversations. Opinion may tell us a lot […]

But It’s a Jackson Pollock!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in blog | No Comments
But It’s a Jackson Pollock!

  Do you see $15 million there? I don’t. And not simply because paying that kind of money seems obscene when the only justification is “it’s a Jackson Pollock.” The hitherto unknown work evidently showed up in a garage in Arizona in January of 2016. It was part of the Jenifer Gordon Cosgriff estate, someone […]

What Matters Most

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in blog | No Comments
What Matters Most

What matter’s most?  — that your work has content. In the final analysis it’s the only way a serious artist can be content with what they’ve done. And, of course, if you are a serious artist you are probably rarely content with what you’ve done. That tells us something easily recognized but impossible to explain: […]

Kathy Griffin & Bloody Trump

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in blog | One Comment
Kathy Griffin & Bloody Trump

It’s gross. It’s crude. And like the person it represents, hard to stomach. And too, like the person it represents, as powerful as it is offensive. But is it “wrong”? Does it, as so many have said in response, “cross the line” (whatever that means)? Must art color only within the lines? Who’s lines? Who […]

Art Is Never Wrong

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Art Is Never Wrong

“Art is never wrong.” Art is simply what is. It may be skillfully executed or clumsily executed but that makes it good or bad art…not “wrong.” If art is never wrong does that make it always right? I don’t like thinking in absolutes. Absolutes are not trust worthy — things change. Maybe they don’t change […]

Good Art/Bad Art

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Good Art/Bad Art

“Art” … it’s all in the eye of the beholder. It’s a matter of taste not truth. Art isn’t good or bad, it’s just what it is. Sometimes I believe these cliches and at other times I just can’t. I want to believe there really are criteria or conditions or qualities (other than my own […]

Bunny Buddhism

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in blog | No Comments
Bunny Buddhism

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” “What do you think of that?” a friend asks. “Well, I try not to,” I reply…but I’m just being a smart ass — trying to imply that “thinking” won’t get you very far. It’s Buddhist trickery. A little like magic that makes of illusion something […]

A Bit of Artful Bull

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in blog | No Comments
A Bit of Artful Bull

I have an artist/historian friend who is of two minds. As an artist he wants to believe that art is simply “art.” It’s neither good nor bad. Making judgments like that are merely cultural constructions. “Art,” properly understood, is the expression of one of the most essential qualities of our humanity and, to use the […]

The Best Kind of Feedback

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in blog | One Comment
The Best Kind of Feedback

I recently received an email via the ‘Contact’ page from our website. If you’re an artist, maybe you’ve had one like this: “My name is  Ben Cook  from Washington DC. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. I will like to purchase some of your work for my […]

A Rothko Koan

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in blog | No Comments
A Rothko Koan

A friend called the other day to share with me a comment Mark Rothko made while Rothko was viewing the Turners at the Tate Britain. He reportedly said, “Turner learned a lot from me,” or something to that effect. Huh?! Rather than be mystified by such a remark, logic demands, of course, that Rothko was […]