Saturday Aug 27, 2005
In the 21st century, artists owe a clearly defined debt to the avant-garde art movements of the past.
Innovators such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollack, Arshile Gorky, and Mark Rothko were apostles of their time; and, let us not overlook Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many others who also, through their perseverance and rigorous honesty (at least in their work), demonstrated that art—hyperbolic, or not—had evolved into a form of self-referential expression, an accepted definition that has remained an important part of our understanding of what art is to this day.
The legacy of these innovators is in your hands: create honestly and do not quit. Otherwise, it is what it sounds like.