Rock Star Popularity for a Figurative Painter!!
Went to see John Currin talk at the New School last night... I guess I was right.. it was a MAO Must See.. cause every seat in the huge auditorium was taken!! There was even a line of 20+ poor ticket-less people waiting on stand-by in the lobby!!
One of the most representative lines of the night was when John put up a slide of his painting "The Wizard" circa 1994 (pictured here). He stuttered a bit, then grinned.. but managed to sheepishly say.. "...I shouldn't say this.. but, this was the first painting I made when I first met my current wife!"
Well.. I guess that's enough said on Mr. Currin!
I'm looking forward to hearing Vik Muniz lecture tonight at ICP.. no doubt it will also be standing room only.. But hopefully Vik will fill the room with a little more talk of artistic insight, and a bit less T & A!