I am back in Lyme, New Hampshire. I was here for Thanksgiving Day, but did not get into the studio until yesterday. First came a little clean up, then two drawings. While in New York City I spoke to several art gallery directors, including Ivan Karp of O.K. Harris. He and I had a good conversation, as we remembered mutual acquaintances in the NYC art scene of the 1970's and 80's. A couple of days after my visit Mr. Karp wrote me the following email:
"Greetings CM, Thank you for visiting the gallery. The images on your site demonstrate a fierce and fascinating take on humanity. Unfortunately the work is rather remote from what we choose to exhibit. I wish you success in finding the right exhibitor. Cordially, Ivan C. Karp"
This appears to be a dismissal notice, but I am not going to take it as such. I will write Mr. Karp, and every other gallery director I met while in NYC, who I believe should show my art in their galleries. While in New York City my activity with galleries was important, but the greatest impact on me, as an artist, was seeing the Willem de Kooning Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Willem de Kooning's compositional awareness struck me as immensely important to my work. I have been so very involved in exploring form that I have let composition become secondary, and this is clearly backward; it is a retrograde manner of making art. Willem de Kooning declares (along with every artist shown in the Museum of Modern Art) that composition is king. Composition is the first thing you encounter when you see a work of art. Then comes form, color, light, subject matter, metaphor, technique, et cetera, et cetera. With this in mind I made yesterday's second drawing, shown immediately below. The struggle to compose with purpose is the great animator of art. With this I return to my studio.
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