Who is Art For Anyway?

I came across this hilarious little cartoon from Hyperallergic that asks the question, “Who is art for?” Is art for everyone? Is it only for the elite? Can it be both? What do you think?  

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Vocations: Mother & Artist, Learning to be Both

Mother When my daughter arrived here from India in 2009, I was elated beyond measure. I felt powerful, woman, incredible. I was so in love, so captivated, so full of light. Then I spiraled into a deep, black place. Postpartum depression is not just something biological mothers face. On my way down, I saw all the ways…

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The Holdup

The thing standing between me and my saw: I’ve had the saw so long that the old battery just doesn’t work any more. I sent the hubs to Home Depot to pick up a Lithium Ion Battery last week. Then I realized that I also needed a Lithium Ion charger to go with it. The…

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A Place to Work

I am tentatively settling in here. I have lived in this house for three years now, a remarkably long time for someone who has moved as many times as I have. This is my eleventh city. I have taken a few years of from working in the studio and have re-established it here in Grove…

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An Aesthetic Experience

I was watching 60 Minutes last night and they reported on a most remarkable orchestra in the Congo. The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa and the only all-black orchestra in the world. The musicians are all volunteers, some walking 90 minutes each way to get to rehearsal. I don’t know much…

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Geneologies

I like to think of the apprenticeship model in terms of geneology. My first mentor in sculpture was Anthony Frudakis, son of Evangelos Frudakis, who studied with Paul Manship (of Prometheus at Rockafeller Center sculpture fame), who also employed one of my favorite sculptors, Gaston Lachaise, in his studio. Manship studied with George Bridgman,whose books…

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Hempel Studio News

Welcome to Hempel Studio News, a source for a glimpse into the studio as well as commentary on art in the news, information for collectors, tidbits from the history of art, thoughts about community building through the arts, and other musings about the aesthetic life. So glad you are here!

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