I am watching the documentary ‘Gerhard Richter Painting‘ on my iPhone courtesy of Netflix. The scene I paused shows Richter moving through a crowd to a podium at the opening of a show of his abstracts.

He moves easily but seems embarrassed. He has done this many times before but has never enjoyed the cameras, the adoring crowds,  or adulation of any kind. Indeed he states somewhere along the way that the business of art takes him away from painting. But art of any sort, including creative literature such as poetry, has always needed a business side. Unless, of course, you are a true amateur- but even then you do need a ‘day’ job to pay the bills.

Richter knows this as do all artists in any genre. Starving artists are a rarity.


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