Sanctioned Spaces

Sanctioned Spaces

Sanctioned Spaces Living with the most important legacy of a famous father and his equally famous wife: the studios Robert Motherwell, my father, purchased our home the year I was born. My earliest recollection of entering his studio is when I was a toddler. We lived...
Not-So-Still Life with Children

Not-So-Still Life with Children

Not-So-Still Life with Children By Christine Taylor Patten Without my four sons, I would be a different artist. They were born one right after the other—the oldest was four when the fourth was born—simplifying as many complications as were created. I dearly wanted a...
On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants By Annie Shaver-Crandell   “If I have seen further (than you and Descartes) it is by standing upon the shoulders of Giants.” Sir Isaac Newton, in a letter to Robert HookeI feel somewhat this way about being a painter after...
Josef Albers: Beyond Light and Shade

Josef Albers: Beyond Light and Shade

Josef Albers: Beyond Light and Shade By Mitchell Johnson Most of Josef Albers’s paintings are very unusual and far more complex than they initially appear; they are not about Op art, color theory, or Minimalism. They are about paying attention. Just as his famous book...
“How did you decide to become an artist?”

“How did you decide to become an artist?”

“How did you decide to become an artist?” Artist Essay by Millicent Young My father asked me this question during the last months of his life. As a young man he had made the decision to not pursue a life as a concert pianist, choosing a career that was both more...
Aesthetic Couture and the Great Art Fraud

Aesthetic Couture and the Great Art Fraud

Aesthetic Couture and the Great Art Fraud Artist Essay by Christopher Benson In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character Polonius offers the following life advice to his son Laertes: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou...