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Chuck, Kiki & the “C word of the art world.”

TIME‘s just-published list of “100 People Who Shape Our World” includes a reminscence by Chuck Close on Kiki Smith. He writes: …While many artists, especially sculptors and installation artists, are steadfast members of a “slacker” generation, Kiki, 52, embraces craft, the dreaded C word of the art world. In myriad materials such as glass, fiber […]

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TIME‘s just-published list of “100 People Who Shape Our World” includes a reminscence by Chuck Close on Kiki Smith. He writes:

…While many artists, especially sculptors and installation artists, are steadfast members of a “slacker” generation, Kiki, 52, embraces craft, the dreaded C word of the art world. In myriad materials such as glass, fiber and beads (some associated more with amateurs and craft-show practitioners than with professional artists), she has embraced a dizzyingly diverse vocabulary of the demoted, debased and despised–and she makes you like it

More from TIME‘s list: Ziyi Zhang (Memoirs of a Geisha) on Ang Lee, Stephen Colbert (if you haven’t seen his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, you must: QT / WMP / torrent / transcript), architect Renzo Piano, and the Skype guys.

  • We would have no bed to sleep in, no books to read, no art to swoon over if it was not for the lowly craft of craft.

    Art does not just come into being, someone has to be sufficiently dedicated to make iit be born and that means skills of one sort or another.

    Whether beating gold with a hammer or stitching alowly blade of grass with a needle and thread, or perhaps making a diamond encrusted skull. Its all craft, living is a craft and the more we respect that idea the far better will our lives become.

    The more multi skilled in the crafts one becomes, as Kiki is the more one is able to play with idea across a vast arena of possible outcomes.

  • Kubisms says:

    Slacker generation should reed Richard Sennett`s “Craftsmen”