Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A guard at The Carnegie museum slashed a Vija Celmins painting. (How a Vija Celmins painting could piss anybody off is beyond me.) He said it wasn't personal. The same thing happened to me early in my career (in my FIRST juried show), and I can tell you, if it is your painting, it always feels "personal". There should be a special ring in hell.......
(click to enlarge) Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, Sept 18, 1987

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Anonymous JohnstonCoArts said...

TOTALLY taking things lightly, as I know that I shouldn't, but is there any solace in the fact that a piece of your work has illicited such an emotional response?

12:23 PM  
Blogger libby said...

wow. that's bizarre. did you ever figure out who the vandal was, or why s/he chose to ruin your work?

i bet that $450 "reimbursement" felt empty in your pocket.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

We never found out who did it. It could have been the ex-girlfriend of my new boyfriend (who was a frustrated artist, I am told), or someone who was pissed off that the juror selected something so "lurid", on the edge of "bad" art, when there were so many beautiful landscapes to choose from. I tend to think it was the former, as it s still hard for me to believe that an artist would destroy another artist's painting.

It was devastating. It made me a bit gun-shy, and I rarely showed any place that did not have insurance after that. I also restretched the leftover pieces to make mini paintings so the slasher would not have the last word.

10:49 AM  

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