Ask A Curator Day Recap: Q & A with Morris Shapiro
Park West Gallery realizes that not everyone has embraced social media in the way that we have, so you might have missed out on the September 1 Twitter event, Ask A Curator Day. In fact, there may even be some of you who read the previous sentence and thought to yourself—what’s a Twitter?
We understand. In fact, Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro is also new to Twitter. And since Morris (Morry) has so much art knowledge to share, he had quite a time yesterday trying to minimize his answers to 140 characters or less. Sometimes Morry’s responses had to be split into multiple tweets, but he did an exceptional job and the Park West Gallery Marketing Team thanks him for being such a great sport.
So for those of you who aren’t yet Twitterers, or just in case you missed it, here are some Park West Gallery Q & A highlights from Ask A Curator Day.
What education should a person pursue for a career as a curator?
Art history, aesthetic philosophy, art criticism, and communications.
Who is your favorite artist in the Park West Gallery collection?
I go through phases. I could never pick one favorite. Each artist brings something special which always fascinates me.
There is often buzz about Picasso’s paintings in the media. What influence did Picasso have as a Printmaker?
Other than Rembrandt, there is probably no artist who had a greater influence on printmaking than Picasso. Picasso mastered every medium he undertook, and then innovated them, breaking rules and creating entirely new approaches.
What should a collector consider when building a personal collection?
Let the art speak to you. Never buy anything you don’t love, no matter how ‘important’ it is considered. You will grow in your knowledge naturally, and if you follow your passion, your collection will grow with you.
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