We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that I am a fan of all sorts of art, from cave paintings through Renaissance to Cezanne to Thomas Cole and including Picasso whose taste, touch, experimentation, and vitality impresses me more with each passing year.
Does excellent technique equal excellent art? Is there a difference between fine art, design, decoration, and illustration? Does "art" evolve? Does the camera matter?
I tire of those questions.
Is there such a thing as talent? You betcha. I know for certain, because I have none. I envy talent - to a sinful degree.
Is the Art World full of hype and hooey? Of course. There is $ in the art biz.
I hate going to museums. Problem is, you have to, to stare at the good stuff up close.
Is "new" better? Nope.
Image is a Collins self-portrait. I would let him do a picture of me anytime he wants to.
When asked "what is art" Andy Warhol replied "art is whatever you can get away with."
That philosophy now rules art, music, medicine, academia, food, you name it. Indeed, the movers and shakers in virtually every field throughout what remains of our civilisation have been getting away with something.
Endeavors by men such as Collins shine the light on this.
The difference between talent and skill is discipline. This artist and his students seem to understand. Wouldn't it be something if his school is the art that is remembered centuries from now?
I love the comments from his critics in the article . They don't get it. Great art isn't always about the subject. It's the truth and beauty that stand out in great art. It's why a painting of a bowl of fruit can have more truth in it than a modern piece of pure self expression. Much of the great works of art were commissioned by a rich person that told the artist what he wanted. Parameters on the artist are what force him to reveal the truth in a subject.