Mar 17 2011
Sholem Krishtalka: So You Want to be an Artist?
In an effort to rebrand themselves as pragmatic exemplars of capitalist utility, art schools have lately emphasized preparing students for the outside world: There are seminars on grant-writing, as well as classes on building and presenting a marketable portfolio. But what about courses on How to Cope With Neglect? Would it be too self-defeating to offer master classes called The Art World is Generally Speaking Not a Meritocracy, or We Can't Teach You Charisma?
When I give lectures in art school, I gaze from the podium before speaking and size up the room. And I always see myself at the students' age: Someone who, upon being told that the artist's lot isn't easy, rolls their eyes; someone whose smug, untested confidence coats them like paint. And I consider it my duty to depress these kids, because none of their
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