How to Talk to an Artist

Artists invest a great deal of themselves in their work; try to respect that effort, even if you can’t admire the work itself. Installation artist Bethany Bristow was celebrating the opening of the exhibition “Greater New York” at New York’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center when she saw a visitor kicking at one of her fragile assemblages of glass, feathers, and corn syrup, tucked into various corners of the building. “That’s my work!” she shrieked. “Really?” the culprit asked. “I thought it was junk.”

Gail Gregg for ARTnews

One Comment

  1. Rachel

    I love this article. A well-intentioned woman once told me that my paintings looked like those colorized photographs of kids in tuxedos and I still have scars. Oh, the scars.