"Love and Work" Art Talk with Tess Wright

February 09 3:00 pm

This art talk with art historian/lecturer Tess Wright will explore the unique challenges faced by artistic couples as they reconcile the rewards of love while developing individual mastery in creative pursuits.

The rewards and demands of creative partnership give rise to complex lives. The love dimension imbibes the relationship with explosive energy initially while the fires of creative expression may exert its own internal pressures in the relationship. These powerful intertwined forces require the establishment of a collaborative climate while the couple develop a skillful engagement in deal-making and trade-offs. The negotiations over time may result in the realignment of goals and aspirations of the couples’ love and work life.

Tantamount to successful creative partnering is a central core vision and an understanding of cultural influences and political views. There also needs to be an awareness of the challenges of developing artistic independence and what may occur if one partner obtains popular recognition while the other remains in the shadows. These factors may impact the creative powers of both individuals.

Visual representations of the historical and contemporary works of the artists will be presented. The featured artists include Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Pablo Picasso, his muses and wives, Ray and Charles Eames, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollack, Cristo and Jeanne Claude Cristo, Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag.

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