Quote: “Find new sources …”

 

Find new sources for exhibiting. Don’t rely on the old power structure. Find new sources in the community. All artists cannot exhibit in New York City. Where you are is good. Build up your own area, particularly if there is a weak cultural community. They need you for their vision. All Italian artists did not go to Rome. There were Venetians, Florentines, Umbrians, Sienese. Regionalism is important.

— Audrey Flack, from a lecture at the university of South Florida in Tampa, excerpted in Art & Soul: Notes on Creating (Audrey Flack, Penguin, 1986)

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Quote: “Find new sources …”

  1. I agree with Audry Flack’s comments. Over the years, Las Vegas has had some wonderful venues for artists living locally (as simply being local artists) to show here. Sadly, some of those places have declined, such as the once-great Flamingo Library. For me, the difficulty in Las Vegas has been less of places to show, but of audiences to buy. While I have done fairly well here over the years with local collectors, it can be inconsistent; certainly difficult to count on for a steady income.

    I have reconsidered a larger show in Las Vegas of my photographs, video and art collecting I have been doing in Asia for the last decade. There are not too many places where this could be shown here, however. But more to the point, who will fund it? Like many artists, I reach into my own pocket. But that has limits, even for those entrepreneurially inclined, such as I am. The state funding takes too long to apply for and receive, and can only be expected to cover so much. The museum? The university? Perhaps this is a time to consider the creation of a unique crowd sourcing program devoted specifically for the museum, perhaps managed by the Friends of the Barrick Museum (if such an organization exists). Let the community pay for the exhibitions, and as contributors to crowd sourcing, they are guaranteed something in return for their money.

  2. That Friends of the Barrick is an intriguing idea. (No such organisation exists as far as I’m aware, unless they sneak in secretly through the ceiling at night and hold their meetings behind that cryptic door in the men’s restroom.) What if a new organisation could be set up with this crowdsourcing money, and a new gallery erected — out in the community somewhere — a deserted store in a lone mall, a sad windowfront with an owner who’d be willing to rent for the grand price of not-too-much? I’ve seen galleries in stairwells. Why not set up lots of little spaces like that and have small groups curating them? Keep the exhibitions ticking over. Create an atmosphere of art, I mean; make it a thing that people can come across and take in as a matter of course. Make it a native piece of the architecture.

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    (writing as oneself and not necessarily representing the views of the Museum.)

    1. I was a founding member of CAC when we used to meet at the Four Kegs bar near UNLV. Without a space, we considered just such an idea: satellite galleries around town. We opted for a great space on Maryland Parkway at Flamingo. I would ask, however, why raise more money to create more spaces? Spaces is not what will drive art in this town, as so many have labored under for a long time. I know as once the owner of one of the largest art galleries and art publishing businesses in the valley. Where money needs to go is to the artists, and their work. Las Vegas is top heavy with spaces and the administrative staffs that have to manage them. Arts administrators do not add to the maturation of the arts in a city such as this. Educated artists whose work is recognized and discussed within an art critical milieu is what is needed. These artists need funding and critical review. Exhibition reviews such as I read in the weeklies here lack critical depth, and are more like what my students write. Such an apparatus existed in Las Vegas at one time. Charles Morgan wrote insightful essays for the Las Vegas Weekly; I wrote occasionally. Scott Dickensheets always had something to add to our understanding of the arts here. From my history in Las Vegas (I left in 2008 after first arriving in 1969), I see the turn away from the artist to the art space as having occurred with the places such as the Arts Factory, and the belief in real estate as a growth factor in art rather than education and conversation.

      1. Then yes, we need education, we need people who can treat an art space like their native land and not a foreign kingdom ruled by strangeness, we need people who can write about art and discuss it as well as people who can make it: we need some sort of critical imaginative and wise or thoughtful mass. How do we get it? What would help? Do we need a serious city-wide magazine devoted to art? Or even just a single broadsheet page, or a website?

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