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Dave Hickey: RIP

Dave Hickey: RIP

I was sad to hear of writer, art critic, and scholar of culture Dave Hickey's passing last month. We met in the early 2000s in Taos at Penny and Gregg Hawks' home during one...

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A Conceptual Art Happening

A Conceptual Art Happening

At my opening at 203 Fine Art in Taos on September 25, 2021, I met another local artist for the first time, whose kaleidoscopic, tessellated conceptual works are very...

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Review: The Wheel is Coming Round

Review: The Wheel is Coming Round

by Tamra Testerman, Taos News Tempo, Visual Art section, Sept. 23, 2021 – Taos artist Ronald Davis is "mercurial. He is very eccentric. He doesn't talk to writers. Email...

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Studio Shoot with Lee Clockman

Studio Shoot with Lee Clockman

Lee Clockman, Taos area photographer, came out to my studio several years ago and did a wonderful set of photos of the studio and of me. At some point over time, I somehow...

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Electronic Music

Electronic Music

Ocean is a sound "painting" or sound sculpture that I composed and performed in 1979 on a Buchla 700 synthesizer that Don Buchla build for me in 1978. It came as a...

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Mr. Peanut’s Demise

Mr. Peanut’s Demise

Mr. Peanut died in January 2021. At the time, I was shocked and saddened. Besides that, I was devastated. When I was eight years old, I had a Mr. Peanut bank. It stood about...

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Nicholas Wilder On Being A Dealer

Nicholas Wilder On Being A Dealer

ARTWEEK, August 24, 1974 •by Martha Alf •  Referring to himself as an "art peddler," dynamic, Los Angeles-based art dealer Nicholas Wilder spoke in May (1974) to an informal...

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Early Studio Days

Early Studio Days

  In the early 1960s, I lived communally with a rag-tag bunch of artists, including a couple of San Francisco Art Institute students, in the old Primalon Roller Rink...

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Wallpaper Statement Part 1

Wallpaper Statement Part 1

I woke up one morning in 2002 with a ripe stream-of-consciousness Artist Statement burning in my brain, and it wanted to come out – right now. My wife sat down with me and...

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Wallpaper Statement Part 2

Wallpaper Statement Part 2

Continued from Part 1: The first painting I painted, a couple of years before I had thoughts of becoming a real painter, was a bleeding half of a cantaloupe on a...

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Wallpaper Statement Part 3

Wallpaper Statement Part 3

Continued from Part 2: In painting, I had discovered a "profession" that suited my dependencies. That is to say, if I became an artist, it was partly because it fitted my...

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Wallpaper Statement Part 4

Wallpaper Statement Part 4

Continued from Part 3: I drove east in 1962, having been invited to the Norfolk Yale School of Music and Art as a grantee. The crits I got there were incomprehensible. After...

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Wallpaper Statement Part 5

Wallpaper Statement Part 5

Continued from Part 4: It was never my intention to deconstruct art as I found it. I strove to expand the boundaries of painting, not the boundaries of what was then...

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Ronald Davis at San Francisco Art Institute

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