As a long time observer of the contemporary art world and a widely published writer, Peter Clothier’s publications include: Aspley Guise (Red Hill Press, 1969); Parapoems (Horizon Press, 1972); Chiaroscuro, a Novel, (St. Martins Press, 1985, Signet Paperback, 1986); Dirty Down, a Novel, (Atheneum, 1987); and David Hockney, a Monograph in the Abbeville Modern Masters Series. He also wrote While I Am Not Afraid: Secrets of a Man’s Heart, a Memoir, published by High Mountain Press in Santa Fe in 1997 and a collection of political essays, The Bush Diaries. His most recent book is SLOW LOOKING: THE ART OF LOOKING AT ART, which describes and elaborates on the author’s “One Hour/One Painting” sessions, an idea he developed to practice a different, more profound and rewarding way of looking at art. Other recent publications include MIND WORK: SHEDDING DELUSIONS OF THE PATH TO THE CREATIVE CORE, a series of essays examining the importance of self-examination to the creative process, and PERSIST: IN PRAISE OF THE CREATIVE SPIRIT IN A WORLD GONE MAD WITH COMMERCE, which addresses the predicament of the creative individual in a culture in which celebrity and money trump talent and quality of work. Peter resides in Los Angeles with his wife Ellie Blankfort.
Our society has no clear path for artists to follow. In the first of an occasional series, writer Peter Clothier shares his perspective. It was after giving a TEDx talk at Fullerton College last week ...
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