nice interview with david bates on modern art notes podcast.
david bates paraphrasing picasso:
"you try to do somebody elses work but you mess it up because you're not them and the part that you don't get right, the messed up part - that's you, that's your deal.
"your job is to take the avant garde ball and move it down the field. i don't care if that's what you want to do or not - that's what you need to be doing. i was not really set for that game.
"in the land rush of contemporary art - you know we gotta find new land, new land, new land - there was a lot of perfectly good land that got left behind. And everyone was faster than me anyway so i was just like, yeah this looks pretty good right here.
painting has died so many times. it's been on life-support my entire career. i've always felt like it was a giant beautiful mansion fully stocked with a wine cellar....and it was just left. And I just walked in and and said, 'is anybody here? I'll take it!'"