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Sharpen Your Skills: Communicate

The Big Idea for Friday, April 06, 2012

How do you tell a story with a picture?

Every artist answers this question in their own unique way, but there is also a responsibility inherent in presenting images. For instance, Big Think's Bob Duggan points out in this review of Rosalind E. Krauss’ newest book, Under Blue Cup that according to Krauss, "art fell in the toilet with the dawn of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain.

According to contemporary artist Chuck Close, responsibility cuts to the heart of an artist's "integrity." 

Recent Big Think guest David LaChapelle also weighs the responsibility of the artist as he reflects on his transition from commercial photography back to his true love, fine art photography. 

According to LaChapelle, "I want pictures that shine a light on this time we live in" rather than just add to "the distraction and the noise." 


  1. 1 David LaChapelle: Going Back to the Dark Ages to Find Light and Clarity
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Artistic Integrity
    Chuck Close
  3. 3 How Julian Schnabel Overcomes Creative Ruts
    Julian Schnabel
  4. 4 How Rosalind Krauss Turned Her Aneurysm into Art Criticism
    Bob Duggan Picture This

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