Learning from the best

Mark. Chuck Close (1978-9)
“The advice I like to give to young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
Chuck Close (Artist)
Quote given to me by Marshall Brown
__NYC Guggenheim__

“You walk in to the Guggenheim and come off the street and you come in and basically land in the Pantheon and you see all of the work of art as God’s in the Pantheon, and then you go up an elevator and the next thing you know you’re on a parking lot. All of a sudden art is not good anymore, art is just stuff on the street and you’re walking around, and the joy of seeing people across the street is just as interesting as the joy of watching the art. So it’s kind of an opera to that art.”

Jeffrey Kipnis
Interview to Jacques Herzog