Research, trial and error part of fine-art practice
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Research, trial and error part of fine-art practice

Research, trial and error part of fine-art practice

Happy Birthday to DNA. Most people know that lawyers “practise” law. A doctor’s career is also known as a practice. Fewer people appreciate the fact that artists have practices too. In fact, one of my editors once removed the term from an article. It didn’t make sense, she said, for an artist’s career to be called a practice. Well, yes, it does. In the United States, the professionalization of fine art began after World War Two, with the wide-scale expansion of university art departments. The trend then spread around the globe. Young artists have a vibrancy and energy in their work that is often a joy to behold. The work of mature artists, for me, at least, is the most satisfying to spend time with. The best artists are avid researchers, learning through repeated trial and error. The best artists tenaciously follow lines of thought, over many years, to their farthest reaches. This Friday at the News CafĂ©, audiences will be invited to learn about the practices of two such artists, Reva Stone and Seema Goel. Guest host Diana Thorneycroft, an artist herself, will interview both women. If Stone’s name is familiar, it is because she is the recipient […]

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