Modernism from the National Gallery of Art. Our friends MEM and BOB sent it our way. Thank you, you little dolls! Can you imagine getting such a gift through the U.S. Mail? What a thrill. I don't want to brag, but I'm on a first name basis with most of the artists in the book. And I'm excited to meet some new ones. Like Grace Hartigan, who painted this beautiful painting called Hester and Essex. Listen to what Grace Hartigan has to say about art after meeting Jackson Pollock.
"I knew the paintings and the person who painted them were one-and-the-same. Painting was not an activity but a total life. And you would do anything to keep painting, even if you starved. You were the paintings and the paintings were you."
The author of the piece, curator Harry Cooper adds, "The equation of self-expression and creation became her dogma."
That's kind of how I feel about this blog. I am the blog, and the blog is me. And I will do anything to keep blogging, even if I have to starve. I'm pretty sure of that, at any rate.
Thursday Creativity Share. A beautiful book. A cool new artist by the name of Grace Hartigan. We've done it again.