Friday, August 22, 2014

Matthew McGoff, The Echo of an Artist – A John Thorton Documentary

I’d like to share this moving half-hour tribute to Matthew McGoff, made by John Thornton about a Philadelphia painter and PAFA alumni who passed away in 2010. Most people, like me, have likely never heard of McGoff but this poignant documentary tells the very familiar story of an artist’s struggle with alcoholism, and mental illness. It is a worthy, important video to watch and reflect on the many other echos gone unheard.

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Interview with Duane Keiser

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Interview with Vincent Desiderio

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Interview with Diana Horowitz

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Seeing Along the Periphery, Getting at the Essence

Photo credit: Jason Houston click here for larger view  A’Dora Phillips interviews Lennart Anderson in Collaboration with Brian Schumacher Lennart Anderson on painting from life with central vision blindness; what vision loss has taught him about painting; art school; creativity; genius; influence; not fitting in; and hunkering down. The perceptual... [Read more of this review]


Interview with Michael Tompkins

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Interview with John Dubrow

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Interview with Lucy MacGillis

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Interview with Sigal Tsabari

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Interview with Christopher Gallego

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Liminal Spaces: A Conversation with Daniel Sprick

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Interview with Harold Reddicliffe

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Interview with Julyan Davis

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Interview with Jordan Wolfson

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Interview with Gillian Pederson-Krag

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Stuart Shils in Conversation With Nikolai Fox

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Interview with Tim Kennedy

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Interview with Alex Kanevsky

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Interview with Sydney Licht Interview with Sydney Licht

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Interview with Yael Scalia Interview with Yael Scalia

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