New York magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz gave a speech at the the Expo Chicago fair this year and gave these pieces of advice for artists. “Art is about experience. Nobody listens to a song and says, ‘I don’t understand that.’”
1. Go to an art school that doesn’t cost too much. Those who go to Yale and Columbia might get a nine-month career bump right after graduation, but you’ll all be back on the same level in a year, and you won’t be in as much debt.
2. Envy will eat you alive.
3. Stay up late with each other after all the professors go to sleep. Support one another.
4. You can’t think your way through an art problem. As John Cage said, “Work comes from work.”
5. Follow your obsessions. If you love the Cubs that much, maybe they need to be in your work.
6. Don’t take other people’s ideas of skill. Do brain surgery with an axe.
7. Don’t define success by money, but by time.
8. Do not let rejection define you.
9. Don’t worry about getting enough sleep. Worry about your work.
10. Be delusional. It’s okay to tell yourself you’re a genius sometimes.
The points have been paraphrased by Julia Halperin, ArtInfo.
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” – Isaac Asimov