Being an artist is a scary thing to declare; it's much easier
being a plumber or engineer or doctor. Not in doing...but in telling.
Because when you say "I'm a plumber", everyone knows what you do. Same with doctor, engineer
or garbage man. Most know why you do it, probably how much you make and where
they stand with you.
But when you say "I
peoples minds go mad, they twirl and shake and tilt listlessly.
You can see the wonder in the air
escaping their wordless lips , or on the ends of their hair.
You can watch their
confused portraits and the way they shake trying to stand.
Still, the artist
Not all of us can say we are artists, forming something from nothing, sometimes
WITH nothing. The artists exhibited here are being artists. And we are proud to
tell the world of them and show their work.
Academicians may be startled to find their canvases in close proximity to
outsiders from the official ranks and to discover those outsiders are extremely
intelligent craftsmen and not such outlaws and barbarians after all. And
outsiders may be more or less amazed to see that when hung side by side with
works they might call respectable mediocrity, their own works seem less original
than they had supposed.....
Duncan Phillips, February 1931 The American Magazine of Art
If ever I can do anything for you, be of some use to
you, know that I am at your disposal. We are rather far apart, and we have
perhaps different views on some things; nevertheless, there may come an hour,
there may come a day, when we may be of service to one another...
Vincent Van Gogh, in letter to his brother Theo.