Now doing my usual netscan and blogging.
Here is a readable essay, from the New York Times, it concludes:
Unlike so many contemporary artists producing in todayâ€™s overheated art market, Mr. Johns relies neither on dozens of assistants nor a computer to make his creations. He executes his work by hand. â€œItâ€™s a different art world from the one I grew up in,â€ he said, relaxing in his living room in a pair of khaki shorts, a light blue shirt and sandals. â€œArtists today know more. They are aware of the market more than they once were. There seems to be something in the air that art is commerce itself.
â€œI havenâ€™t really been a part of it, although Iâ€™m sure in some way I am. It just doesnâ€™t interest me.â€
Asked what influence he feels he may have had on those young artists, Mr. Johns paused. â€œTo me,â€ he said, â€œself-description is a calamity.â€