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"Trust your know-how and recognize that art is not simply something you do, but a way of living life."

11/28/23

Interviews

"Trust your know-how and recognize that art is not simply something you do, but a way of living life."

Artist Robert Buck on painting with his mother and almost missing the bus to NYC.

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CMA's end-of-year artwork sale raises essential funds for free arts education in NYC schools whose arts programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.


These works – starting at $100 – have been generously donated by celebrated artists who uphold our belief that all children are artists deserving of the materials, access, and encouragement to allow their creativity to soar. 


Below, meet contributing artist Robert Buck.



Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child? 


Coloring alongside my mother as she recreated paintings by Manet or Degas in pastels.


What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice? 


Trust your know-how and recognize that art is not simply something you do, but a way of living life.


How does working with children inspire you? 


Children are impervious to others, singular and naive; ‘outsider artists’ by nature.


Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery? 


Everyone knew I loved art when I was a sophomore in high school. So when I overslept the morning of a field trip to MoMA in NYC (I lived in the suburbs of Baltimore), I woke to find that the tour bus had come to get me!



Robert Buck 

Second Hand ("Humpty Dumpty Circus") 

ink and graphite on secondhand drawing

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