Not a lonley artist
The idea of the artist as lonely genius, working in moody isolation, is an enduring yet utterly false myth. In reality, the most dynamic artists have always fed on cooperation, community and the encouragement of intergenerational colleagues on issues touching the essence of art and society – i.e. mentorship.
CFHILL’s new show, curated by New York-based Rick Herron, presents twenty lively examples of this phenomenon. In Mentors, we encounter artists like R.E.M. lyricist Michael Stipe and John Giorno, a pop music and performance art pioneer with a cult following, who shifted his artistic focus to the AIDS crisis after the non-stop party of the sixties and seventies, when he was collaborating with Andy Warhol and appearing in his films. In reaction against the ever more theoretical and exclusive turn that painting had taken, in the nineties photography became an arena of experimentation, resistance and renewal.