Francis Bacon on Violence, Suffering and Painting for Himself

Painting, 1946 @ The Estate of Francis Bacon “”I think that life is violent and most people turn away from that side of it in an attempt to live a life that is screened. But I think they are merely fooling themselves. I mean, the act of birth is a violent thing, and the act […]

Exploring, Entering a World and Earning Your Dues – An Interview with Bruce Davidson

USA. Hampton, Virginia. 1962. © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos “Look, I’m kind of an explorer. I’m entering a world and it takes time.”   A Magnum photographer, Bruce Davidson has been renowned since the late fifties for his photographs of gangs in Brooklyn, and subsequent projects including New York’s East 100th street, circus performers, civil rights marchers […]

Pop Art / Art Pop: The Andy Warhol Connection

Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat @ The Warhol Foundation “Because of Andy Warhol, it’s no longer possible to just do what you do and not have to act it out 24 hours a day. His style of doing things changed everybody’s idea of what the values were that could make you a star. And as a […]

Harry Callahan Loved Eleanor, Barbara and Chicago

  “He just liked to take the pictures of me. In every pose. Rain or shine. And whatever I was doing. If I was doing the dishes or if I was half asleep. And he knew that I never, never said no. I was always there for him. Because I knew that Harry would only […]

Ed Ruscha on Route 66, Making Books and “Choppy Movement”

“So in a sense they (books) had no–there was no school of thought, and I felt at that time that it was unexplored. That’s one reason it attracted me.” MR. KARLSTROM: What about your books? This is a last thing that I’d like to at least get started on. You have created I don’t know […]

Stephen Shore ‘Likes’ Instagram

from Stephen Shore’s Instagram @ Stephen Shore  “They can be one-liners, essentially.” – Stephen Shore   Excerpt from “LIVING TODAY: Stephen Shore’s Internal Revolutions” What has interested me most in the past half-year has been Instagram. For the past couple weeks I’ve been very busy and haven’t posted a lot, but I went for perhaps […]

Conversations on Art with Larry Clark and Ryan McGinley (2003)

Tulsa, 1968 @ Larry Clark “I was coming out of the Fifties, you know, I’m like a child of the Eisenhower era where everything was hidden, everything was secret, there were all these things that weren’t talked about. Drugs weren’t talked about. Alcoholism in families wasn’t talked about. Child abuse wasn’t talked about. Nothing was […]