destroying art

Be Good or Be Destroyed

An article in Artsy’s online newsletter recounts the circumstances when well known artists destroyed their work. The primary and common reason was that they were eliminating works that didn’t meet their standards—either because they shifted focus in their work or they believed the quality to be unacceptable. I get that, but I don’t see it as newsworthy.

The only part of the article that truly intrigued me was the open paragraphs about Belgian painter Luc Tuymans. His practice is to never spend more than one day on a project then leave it sit for a day. If he likes what he sees the next day he sends it to his dealer. If he doesn’t like the artwork he destroys it. I think that’s a very cool approach to creating art. I wish I had the courage to try it.