studioNOTES: support for artists/ideas and information

Number 24

March - May 1999

Short takes

Attention All Arts Professors: If you use The New York Times as a teaching tool (or have used it or definitely plan to use it as such), their College Program may want to publish your written account of how. Deadline is April 20. For more information, contact Sam Cacas, Content Editor, Fine Arts Guide, The New York Times College Program, at or see the web page at

The real world: studioNOTES has been in the news recently. The University of Albany-SUNY faculty newsletter ran a story in February about its professor Nathaniel Friedman's being in issue 23. On Jan 27, The Sunnyvale Sun printed a feature about Joan Schulze (sN #23), referring to what it called "the international art publication studioNOTES" (we have readers in the US, Canada, France, Germany and Australia). On Jan 7, Leah Garchik's "Personals" column in the SF Chronicle had an item on sN's survey on mind-altering practices. This got picked up by The New York Times Wire Service and was reprinted in, at least, the St. Paul-Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Jan 12). Over the past few years sN has also popped up in The Phoenix Gazette, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Wichita Eagle, The Dallas Morning News, and others. Well, enough bragging. If you see a reference to sN send the original or a copy in for our files. In exchange, you'll get a valuable coupon or an extension of your subscription. Thanks.

Aardvark Studios and the Garland Artists Group (GAG) recently received artwork from Christo and Jeanne-Claude for inclusion in the Renaissance 2000 Project. The aim of the project according to founder David Alvey, "is to fuse a broad range of styles and media into a single mixed media installation representing the state of art at the close of the 20th Century." More details available at or Box 542913, Dallas TX 75354-2913

For subscribers only: Have a website for your art or gallery? Send your URL to We plan on publishing a list of them in our next issue and/or as a separate listing.

The Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) exists "to provide the arts community with the information necessary to make informed choices about individual and small business group health insurance options available in each state." (Laws and health insurance coverage vary by state.) Reach them at: The Actors' Fund, National Headquarters, 729 7th Av, 10th fl, NY NY 10019; 800-798-8447;; or see their web site at

Brad Brace reports that, according to Art Business Magazine, the average price for a work of art sold through galleries last year in the Mountain/Pacific area of the US was $427.50; for the Mid-Atlantic area it was $769.09.

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But, wait! I'm a Friend of the Curator's Circle! The Lancaster (PA) Museum of Art classifies each potential contributor in descending order as: Curator's Circle, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Wyeth, Cézanne, Gaugin, and Friends. Friends are those who contribute under $20; Curator's Circle, $1,000 and over. (Cézannes are $30-49.99.)

Meanwhile, The Grants Pass (OR) Museum ranks each contributor, from highest to lowest, as a Rembrant [sic], Picasso, Michaelangelo [sic], Georgia O'Keefe [sic], Renaissance Guild, Mary Cassatt, Ansel Adams, or, bringing up the rear for a $10 membership, Van Gogh. The "Rembrants" must give $10,000 or more to get into that category, but presumably they receive a free copy of Gardner's Art through the Ages and a spell checker.

According to a reader who doesn't want to be named, a grouchy old guy asked the clerk at the Post Office for some "regular stamps." When he was given the new Jackson Pollock ones, he looked at them and said, "Am I supposed to lick these myself or just dribble on them?"

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A defining trait of experts is that they move more and more problem solving into an automatic mode.

-Lucian Leap (Harvard pediatric surgeon who has studied medical error.)

I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.

-Henry David Thoreau

These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new.

-Harriet Beecher Stowe

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

-Eric Hoffer

Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs.

-Edgard Varèse

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.

-Pablo Picasso

The truth always turns out to be simpler than you thought.

-Richard Feynman

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