Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Birth of the Cool: Karl Benjamin

Related to the Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury at the Oakland Museum:

Artist and editor of, Julie Karabenick, has recently published an interview she conducted with Karl Benjamin. Born in 1925 and living in Claremont, CA since 1952, he is an important, inventive, and productive California artist who maintained his studio time while raising a family and working as an elementary school teacher until his appointment to Professor of Art and Artist-in-Residence at Pomona College. He also served as Professor of Art at the Claremont Graduate School from 1979-1994, where he is currently Professor Emeritus.

This bountifully illustrated interview is a landmark document, describing his approach, where images may come from and how they develop, what associations can be made to these images, and the importance of chance, series, limitations, and consistent, steady engagement. Read it.

#8, 1990, oil on canvas, 152 x 152 cm (60 x 60 in)

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