Life Drawing via Zoom

Life Drawing via Zoom

Drawing from the live, nude model has been the mainstay of artists at least since the Renaissance, and the tradition has been kept alive in academies that still value the kind of eye-hand coordination that can only come from careful study of the complicated apparatus...
The Last of Marty (a Christmas Memory)

The Last of Marty (a Christmas Memory)

It’s a question people habitually ask in a place like Taos: How did you wind up (or, alternatively, end up) here? The connotations of that inquiry always feel to me somewhat negative, as though you’ve hit rock bottom and are staying at the YWCA in downtown Newark. But...
How to Talk to a Reporter

How to Talk to a Reporter

How to Talk to a Reporter Yes, believe it or not, it can happen to you—or maybe it already has. A writer from a local newspaper, an arts magazine, or perhaps, one day, even The New York Times will give a call or send an email, saying she wants to talk to you for a...
Savage Studio Visits

Savage Studio Visits

Be careful whom you invite As readers know from my adventures with a material called Dura-Lar and “Confessions of a Closet Painter,” I spend about ten hours a week in a corner of my friend TJ Mabrey’s studio, messing around with paint and affixing bits of the...
Where Is the Me in #MeToo?

Where Is the Me in #MeToo?

Searching for a younger self When all the evidence of men misbehaving (Weinstein, Rose, Lauer, Close, and countless others) began spilling into the press last year, sexual harassment and sexual assault became a prime topic of discussion among women friends. I listened...
A Progress Report

A Progress Report

Where are we, what are we doing, where are we going? I can remember when and where I first conceived the idea for Vasari21. I was staying in my friend Barbara Rachko’s apartment over the holidays in December 2015, while she was traveling in South America, and though...