Happy to have met Joel Shapiro, Don Gummer, and Mel Kendrick, Agnes Gund, and Bob Colacello this past weekend.
Each imparted a few bits of their experience and observations about growing and living in the art world, the realities of creating work —be those works successful or otherwise, and the NY art scene from the mid-70’s onward.
Don and Mel briefly recounted meeting as friends in lower Manhattan and scraping a living through odd jobs like cab-driving and carpentry in order to produce art.
Joel gave unvarnished insights to his approach on commission work and how a public space or client influences his work or not.
I regret not having more time to hear Bob’s stories, but picked up his book Holy Terror -which he signed. Same with Agnes, who has probably seen art through one of the most interesting vantage points of all.
I treasure these brief, but meaningful exchanges.
Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd 2014