Artists in Studio
For many years I had the good fortune to serve as a Creative Director in many prestigious companies and being creative at commerce is knowing how to juggle internal contradictions – the need for bottom line results while maintaining innovation. Creativity (innovation’s fuel) is ultimately a decision that a human organization can make. I benefitted while working for companies that supported creativity and allowed me to thrive while delivering sustainable growth and profit.
For more than 20 years I worked for Alex Liberman, the Editorial Director of Condé Nast and an artist. Alex taught me about the important cultural function art can play in society and how we all benefit from the connections that artists make and how those connections trigger ideas about how to see and feel the world. Hard to quantify. Very serendipitous. Important.
Alex’s form of record keeping was a lifetime of photographing artists in their studios. In 1960, Viking published his photographs and essays in “The Artist In His Studio,” and then it was revised and published by Random House in 1988. For its time, you could say it was Alex’s Instagram or Pinterest. His way of sharing his impressions. I am grateful to him for his portraits of artists and their spaces. I’ve been lucky to be able to hunt and gather from other digital resources to put together my own portrait gallery.