Saturday, June 21, 2008

STEVEN PARRINO, Untitled, 1997
Enamel on canvas 60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
I'm not suggesting we all stop creating or kill ourselves. I'm just observing our time and reminding myself and all other artists to forge ahead and try to just produce meaniningful work in a time of apparent meaninglessness. Whether we are in the period of Consumerism ,Comercialism, or Postmortumism, it doesn't matter. What matters is the work is vital.

Steven Parrino mangled and reinvented his works after they hadn’t sold at exhibition (haven't we all done some form of this?) He now posthumously is getting the attention as a serious artist he deserved in life. (Note to Larry: Living Artists want to Live!)

“Call it the dawn of the Dead Artist. The message from the market is clear as it is macabre. In a quest for fresh material blue-chip contemporary-art dealers are finding a healthy source of revenue buried six feet under.”

An excerpt from today’s NY Times. Read page 26 (I'd have linked this if it was on line but it is not posted to the NYT site)- so go buy the times and read today’s Dorothy Spears Article in the Arts and Leisure section.

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