2011 – Richard Baker – Roger Skillings


John Yau about Richard Baker
“I cannot remember exactly when Richard Baker and I began talking about painting, particularly the possibilities of the still life, but I do remember the moment when my awareness of him shifted from a passing curiosity to something deeper. It was at the end of June 2000, while I was standing in Pat de Groot’s house in Provincetown, looking at a group of Baker’s small paintings of things, which were hung on the wall beside the stairs leading to the second floor. There were a bunch of tulips in a green glass suspended in an impasto yellow ground, a cluster of cherries, a severed salmon head, and a dead bird inspired by Marsden Hartley. Done for the most part in the mid- to late-1980s, the paintings were small, and I had the sense that they were the result of an artist teaching himself how to paint a thing without trying to elaborate on it or make it stylish.”

– John Yau

Roger Skillings
Our own stories—and storytelling—remain the most essential things both in fiction and life, though. But as the narrator muses at the very beginning of “Variation,” Maybe all the stories have been told, in one guise or another, and only history remains monotonously destroying the human heart with its immutable worm, an infinity of the same—the stages of life being well marked out—though we must still discover for ourselves what we al-ready know, and endure the exactitudes.

– Roger Skillings

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COVER FEATURE
– Richard Baker Transformation in the Domain of Things
by John Yau 

Excerpt from Role Models
by John Waters

“By Nook or by Book” – An Appreciation of Richard Baker’s Book Portraiture
by Mira Schor

Book Portraits
by Richard Baker

Why He Is a Painter
by Elisabeth Fodaski

Andre Gregory on Richard Baker
by Andre Gregory

COVER FEATURE
– Roger Skillings

A Perfect Sufficiency
by Marshall Brooks

Resolute Character
by William O’Rourke

Roger Skillings of the Fine Arts Work Center – Forty Years of Service
by Hunter O’Hanian and Marty Davis

Roger Skillings – Generosity, Tenacity, Grace
by Christopher Busa

Keith Althaus on Roger Skillings
by Keith Althaus

The Fine Arts “Work Center of the Whole”
by Roger Skillings

FEATURE ARTICLE
John Dowd “Dusk is my Dawn”
by Christopher Busa

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