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> One of the things I think we all love about this list is it's diversity, the
> topics are always changing, the subjects so incredibly varied. As K-12
> teachers our interests certainly differ but our goals are the same- a deep
> concern for good art education.
> In light of the latest threads that were connected to health (sensible
> eating, as well as enjoying the stimulating outdoors for both reviving the
> spirit and physical fitness) I would like to share a word from Audrey Flack
> in her book "Art and Soul' Notes on Creating, which I recently picked up at
> a bookstore.
> This section is called ARTISTS AND ATHLETES:
> "Like athletes, artists must be in excellent physical shape in order to
> create their best works. Artists stand when they paint, walk back and forth
> hundreds of times a day during the painting process.
> Action comes not from the wrists alone, but from the entire painting arm.
> Like an elegant fencer, with one arm forward and the other behind the back,
> the entire body is put into motion. Abstract expressionists knew this; that
> is why they were called 'action painters'
I am not sure I totally agree with Audrey's notion here but it certainly
relates to the subject matter that seems to have caused so much
contraversery on the list recently.
I saw Audrey Flack speak last year . She is an incredible artist that is in
conflict with the city of New York over a proposed sculpture for
installation in the East River. The sculpture is MONUMENTAL and the issue
detaining the completion is about "political correctness." She, a woman of
ordinary stature, has constructed a clay model of this statue. She is a real
dynamo. And I have no doubts she possesses the energy to complete a work
such as this.
I guess my point is that, as artists, our physical well being is a factor in
I am remembering a TV program put on many years ago. I can't recall the name
.. Omni something. and a particular piece they did pitting O.J. Simpsom (
yes him) against Michael Bariznikoff (spelling?) Guess who appeared more
I don't have a site for you to investigate, but if you don't know her work,
Audrey Flack is a woman worth investigating as a painter and sculptor. She
has a good sense of place and identity and historical reference.
I feel very lucky that the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at least a couple of
times a year, brings working artists into the museum to speak. I've seen
Chuck Close, Elizabeth Murray, Mary Ellen Mark, Sebastio Salgado, and Audrey
Flack, just to name a few. These are incredible experiences for me. I
hope other museums afford the same opportunities and that you all take
advantage of them.
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