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The artist's journey from inspiration to final expression is a private affair. Others may theorize about origins, influences and the significance of biography and cultural context, but there is no substitute for the creator's own remarks. Such statements -- about a process that often defies words -- enhance our experience of the work and provide an essential foundation for discussing it.
This exhibition explores the genesis and evolution of three very different works of art. Professional artists and veteran instructors at the Art Students League of New York, Harvey Dinnerstein, Bruce Dorfman, and Lorrie Goulet display insight, candor and eloquence in describing the creative experience behind each. In addition to the preparatory drawings, photographs and related works featured in the exhibit, each artist was asked to produce a commentary on the work for this catalog. Regarding his monumental painting, Sundown, The Crossing, Harvey Dinnerstein chose to write an essay on the work's development. Lorrie Goulet kept a journal as she carved the black alabaster sculpture, Enigma, over the course of two months in 2002. Bruce Dorfman found the interview format most conductive for discussing his three-dimensional painting or "construct," Piero's Bell Tower.
In preparing this exhibition, I had the pleasure of speaking with each artist at length on several occasions, and I reviewed other literature that has been written about their work. Since part of the audience for this exhibit will be young, aspiring artists, I felt that it might be useful to offer information on the artists' early education and careers, supplementing the formal biographies included in the individual sections.