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Discourses of authenticity are endemic to the art world. In a sphere where anything can be art and good artists create their own criteria of quality, credibility is the crux of being an artist. Even if they deny it, art-world insiders surreptitiously look back and forth between artists and their work to ascertain whether artists are aligned on the positive side of a set of inchoate oppositions: innovative versus derivative, honest versus insincere, authoritative versus unreliable, confident versus unconvincing… The walk and talk of the artist, like the size and colour of a sculpture, have to persuade. Whether they have loud, large-scale personas or subdued, reclusive selves, believable artists are always protagonists, never secondary characters who fall into being “types.”

-Sarah Thornton (The Craft of Being an Artist)


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