Would I de-access? Anything in the collection that became worth a large amount of money?
Because I need money—to pay off the mortgage, for instance. And if I had to move to the poorhouse, I really couldn’t take care of the paintings anyway.
I think I have accepted, for myself, as a painter, that paintings are material objects.
A funny kind of material object that can be worthless one day, worth a fortune the next, and even go down in value. Or worthless in one person’s eyes, priceless in another’s.
This is an article that presents both points of view about whether a museum should sell anything:
Whose Rules Are These, Anyway?
I like Toran’s work—though it is dashed off. He is a decorative painter (as I have been) and uses the same motifs, touches, and compositions repeatedly—still, he has charm and his work has a meditative stillness.
A contemporary Brooklyn painter whose work is a delight to look at and whose work also projects an exquisite quietude is Amy Lincoln: