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“Artists do not own the meaning of their work.”

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Gordon Parks at Jack Shainman Gallery

There are countless images of young white men joyfully swimming around naked: Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Thomas Eakins. But how many photos of black youth playing nude in the water can you name?

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Alma Thomas on Creativity

“Creative art is for all time and is therefore independent of time. It is of all ages, of every land, and if by this we mean the creative spirit in man which produces a picture or a statue is common to the whole civilized world, independent of age, race and nationality; the statement may stand unchallenged.”

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To be an artist, it helps to be persistent, obstinate, and determined. These are the things that enable an artist not to banish but to outwit the doubts that will come from many directions.

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Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.

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