Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, responds here in this Fortnight exclusive as luminary mentor to young painter Winston Chmielinski.
Chmielinski interviews Shiner on his trajectory in becoming a curator, from early art studies (at Yale University, Osaka University and the University of Pittsburgh) to formative East Asian travel. Shiner, a contemporary Japanese art expert, was formerly managing editor of ArtAsiaPacific and served as an adjunct professor of East Asian Contemporary Art at Stony Brook, Pace and Cooper Union before joining the Warhol Museum.
Chmielinski—whose paintings Driftwood and High Tide appear in this edition—asks Shiner just where in the world the enterprising artist of today should move: Hong Kong? Berlin? New York?
Shiner reiterates the ethos of Andy Warhol for this generation of artists, who should be "workaholics" and promote their work by being "proactive," but not "pushy." Drawing on historical sources from Henry Miller to the Buddhist tradition, the two discuss a typology of contemporary artists—from those who overtly attempt to incite change, to those who trust their emotive impulse will reflect the zeitgeist. To Chmielinski's question, "Is the recession affecting the next generation of artists?" Shiner replies, "That's like asking if Catholicism influenced artists working in Rome."
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