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“Read a Damn Book – 032: Understanding Comics”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, comic books were HOT! Mainstream comics (Marvel & DC) were doing well, collectors’ prices were up, and the classic characters were on everyone’s mind. Tim Burton’s Batman film (from 1989) smashed box-office … Continue reading

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“Art in a Vacuum?” by Richard F. Yates

Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum—no matter how fancy the brand of vacuum or how large the collection bag. —Richard F. Yates

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“An Outsider Looks at the Outside of Art” by Richard F. Yates

I’m 44 years old, never went to art school, and ain’t rich. For some reason, though, I make “art.”* *[“Art” is a strange thing. There are a multitude of definitions, and none of them seems to adequately explain the concept. … Continue reading

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“Make a Million Things” by Richard F. Yates

My philosophy for art is this: you make a million things. If you make a million things, I guarantee that at least a few of those things will be brilliant—one or two, maybe more. A few will be MASTERPIECES! Even … Continue reading

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“The PUNK School of Art” by Richard F. Yates

I’m definitely from the Punk School of Art, in the sense that I think everyone should make stuff regardless of talent or technical expertise or access to fancy art production tools. If you like art and enjoy making stuff, the … Continue reading

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“Jean-Michel Basquiat Makeup?” by Richard F. Yates

Yesterday, my older daughter, Frankie, sent me this photo from a shopping trip: Apparently, there is now a Jean-Michel Basquiat line of makeup… I’m not sure how I feel about this. For one thing, I think the advertising and packaging … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 025: Duchamp”

Janis Mink – Duchamp (2006) Marcel Duchamp in one of the most important and most notorious artists of the 20th century, and oddly enough he really didn’t make that much ART. I’ve never really considered myself a huge fan of … Continue reading

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