F RIC BLUM
“ I am fully aware that a painter’s best spokesman is his work. “
With that as his opening statement, Henri Matisse wrote “ Notes of a Painter “ in 1908.
It stands for the work we do in both arts of painting and sculpture, and is no less true now than when he wrote it more than 100 years ago.
I do not believe in using artist resume’s or bios. I do not believe in using exhibition or commission histories either for the same reasons. Artist resumes, bios, exhibitions, or commissions do nothing to support the quality of the painter’s or sculptor’s work; hence, the best spokesman still remains the work itself.
Anybody with a good business sense and outgoing personality can make a decent resume or bio with a good looking exhibitions or commissions history, but that does not make a good or even decent artist. All too often persons with little to no ability at all, and yet call themselves artists anyway, use such devices as a cover to hide obvious lack of work quality with fabricated flashy credentials.
Neither do I believe in paying fees to enter shows, group projects, or contests . If by the will of Allah or Hashem it be granted that my work be sold then that is enough to take care of my end of the bargain, as it is supposed be. As with artist resumes and bios, so called juried shows do nothing to support any of the work picked for promotion of the gallery or other kind of exhibition space within which it is shown.
It is actually the responsibility of the art community, with all due respect, to show and expose the work of any artist deemed to be of sufficient quality, as it is their business to do so.
In terms of experience, historically it has been shown that artists having had formal training have almost always made the best work proven to stand up to the test of time. As such, it is sufficient enough only to point out where an artist’s formal education took place, nothing more, and even that much is not absolutely necessary because having a formal education or training period does not necessarily speak for the work either. There are many great artists having had no formal training at all such as Henri Rousseau was without, for example.
Professionally, I attended Parsons School of Design. I was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in 1979, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1977. I also attended one year at Columbia University while a MFA candidate. These credentials alone would not afford to me any great stature with my work, but alone should and do indicate to an intelligent human being that I have attained at least a sufficient knowledge base with my own work that is respected by the world at large, and inherent within that is a learned ability that enables me to see through the transparency of ignorance about art by the same world at large.
I have been working alone ever since, and intend to keep it that way, but working alone does not mean the same thing as being alone, and it does not mean that I do not want to show or sell my work either.
True artists with the ability to see through the transparency of ignorance completely understand that, even if anybody else does not.
Even though there may be many elucidated or educated people who agree with these statements, notwithstanding, and those who naturally in ignorant bliss would disagree and might think of me as being somewhat off center, I must say that quite honestly, I most certainly do not give a damn about any kind of thoughtless opinion either.
Contact me directly for further information about my work.
F Ric Blum
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