Dressing up

In Tom Wolfe’s excellent book “The Painted Word” he talks about being able to identify newbie artists by their habit of wearing paint spattered jeans and a tuxedo jacket to dinner parties. Now, I like the bohemian side of being an artist , but there’s not much point in being a bohemian and remaining an outsider forever, so it’s a nice dark suit and tie for me. I want to appear successful so that people invest in my paintings and sculpture as a symbol of success. 

(Poverty is really not cool – I definitely prefer wealth)

The reason I’m concerned about what to wear is that I’m going to Studio Channel Islands Art Center for a fund raiser this evening, where I expect to enjoy some good food and wine and have a chance to talk about the “New Cabinet” installation there with some of the people who patronize the gallery. Good wine, good company! 

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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