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Renee Kahn
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POST#137: DID I REALLY DREAM THAT?
I’ve heard people say that
they never dream. Nonsense. Everybody dreams. Even my cat dreams - just watch
her twitch in her sleep. She probably dreams of chasing mice, just as I dream
of people and places. I started keeping a Dream Book a few years ago, putt...

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POST #136: NEXT STOP 125TH STREET
When I was in my 20s, I
took a dozen or so snapshots with my point and shoot Brownie camera of the
Lower East Side. I was doing some street scenes (my social realist period) and
needed reference material. I admired the work of Ben Shahn but never thought I
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POST #135: I’M JUST ISADORABLE
I have no idea where most of
my art comes from. Images just seem to burst unbidden from my subconscious. If
anything, when I set out to portray “something” it’s usually forced looking and
a failure. At the moment, my studio walls are covered with four-foot ...

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POST #134: WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH IT ALL?
My son Ned, who creates
major Public Art projects throughout the world, claims that I am a “higher
order” artist than he is since I only do what I want to do, not what I’m hired
to do. Aside from the fact that throughout history artists were almost always
o...

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POST #133: TALK TO ME, BABY!
For more than twenty years,
I taught Art History at the Stamford Campus of the University of Connecticut.
(We locals called it “the Branch,” a concept frowned upon by the hierarchy in
Storrs.) I remember putting on “performances” in front of my class, desig...

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POST #132: PICK A STYLE – ANY STYLE!
I feel sorry for art
students nowadays. The old days of drawing from life, both animate and
inanimate, are gone, along with learning the craft of being an artist: how to
mix colors, use different mediums, gesso a canvas, etc.  useless skills in today’s art ...

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POST #131: THE DANGER OF PLAYING IT SAFE
As any artist will tell you,
art is a tough way to make a living. Even if you are fortunate enough to meet
with a modest degree of success, it doesn’t always last and you are soon back
to living on a spouse’s salary.  Unless
you have family money  (and that...

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POST #130: WINNERS AND LOSERS
When Donald Trump took his
recent jab at ‘winners and losers,’ the line sounded very familiar. Of course,
we’ve all heard it before, but I had a vague memory of it being used in a local
political forum. When I stopped trying so hard to remember, it came bac...

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POST #129: HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED
I envy people like
mathematicians or engineers who know when they’ve solved their problem; there’s
a sense of accomplishment that artists rarely feel. We often ruin our work
simply because there is no way to determine when we have reached our goal; when
the...

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POST # 127: YOU JUST HAVE TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH!
One of the great things
about being an artist is that you never grow old. This is true of everybody in
a creative field: writers, composers, musicians, inventors. Maybe your age
numbers get higher but your soul remains forever young. If there are
disabiliti...
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