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THE NAKED BRUSH
ORIGINALLY A THRILLING RIDE IN WHICH THE ARTIST, TERRE RYBOVICH, GAMBLED HER OWN TIME, MONEY AND GOOD NAME TO VISIT DOZENS OF GALLERIES IN NORTH AMERICA WITH THE AIM OF EXHIBITING AND SELLING HER LARGE CHARCOAL DRAWINGS. NOW THE RIDE TAKES US EVEN DEEPER, INTO THE HEART OF THE ARTIST'S CREATIVE PROCESS, INCLUDING ART-MAKING, WINE AND MUSIC.

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December 2008 Naked Brush Blog Posts

Mon, Dec 8th, 2008
ART BASEL AND THE AUDACITY OF HOPE

On Thursday I'm leaving for leg 5 of The Naked Brush Tour. Meanwhile I spent last weekend in Miami at the world's largest art fair. Smaller than last year but (I guess) still the largest, the constellation of fairs loosely referred to as Art Basel was a study in contrasts with its 2007 appearance.

For starters, the number of satellite fairs was down from about 30 to about 20. My focus is on the satellites—NADA, Aqua, Red Dot, Pulse, Scope, among others. My reason to attend is to discover galleries that look like plausible prospects for showing my drawings. Where else can I scope 400 to 500 galleries in a single weekend?

In 2007 giddiness reigned. Crowds were thick and dealers were very particular about who they chatted with. Collectors were all around, looking and buying. 2008 was a very different party, distinguished by a sense of commonality, a wry recognition that this monumental effort was no match for our new recession. Camaraderie rooted in not knowing what comes next.

Perhaps I could have chosen a more auspicious moment to embark on my world tour. I tell my friends I must look like either an idiot or a genius traveling to meet with galleries at a time like this. But the fact is my plane tickets were all purchased last summer, when fuel prices were the concern.

And yet when I visit galleries the economy is rarely mentioned. They know and I know that if they were to show my work it wouldn't be in the near future. At that distance a whiff of hope becomes possible, or at least an unwillingness to maintain the current dismay. Again the not knowing what comes next.

I considered renaming The Naked Brush Tour, calling it The Audacity of Hope Tour instead. The grain of truth in that joke is that I am still driven by the thought of what's possible. People won't stop buying art. They'll just go about it more slowly.

And again I get to use my dating analogy. This time I'm relaying what I learned from Rafael Cruz, a key instructor in the Artist as Entrepreneur Institute (who has a keen sense of why artists make art and why others buy it). Yes, some purchases are for investment purposes only. Others are because someone falls in love with a work of art (or thinks they fell in love with the artist) and possessing that work becomes imperative. The impulse is driven by emotion at least as much as economics.

It's been weeks since I promised to finish my report on the Denver trip. We're almost there.

Tue, Dec 9th, 2008
MY NEW DRESS

I've been meaning to share this with you. It's a drawing I just finished for Talya Lerman's "Native Offerings" show that opened a couple weeks ago.

"Variation II on Untitled 11" is the latest of my large (75 x 48") charcoal drawings. It is the third in a series of dresses I'm working on. Dresses, loosely defined.

As always I'm taking my lead from the bodyprints in charcoal that begin the drawing. Imposing an outcome on that process can produce curious results. Still I see a dress there. A striped dress.

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