Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 55

“I’m of my time;

it’s the others who are

behind the times.”

Man Ray 1890 – 1976

That was the response Man Ray gave when asked if he was ahead of his time.

He also said, “I wanted to be accepted, not understood”.


I’m wondering if I am ahead of my time or, stuck in another time.  Then again, as Man Ray said, I am of my time.

Hans Hofmann said, ” What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles… It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.”

Frida Kahlo sadi, “I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

In Losing My Religion, R.E.M. sang:

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

Oh, well.  Then again, Picasso said, “There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

The British art critic Robert Hughes said, “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.  Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”  Now that makes me feel better – for now.

I don’t know, but I’ve heard that people will only call you an asshole when you leave the room.  I think the same is true when it comes to whether or not they think you’re any good as an artist.  Oh no, I’ve said too much and, I haven’t said enough.




Posted on: 09/05/2013, by :
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