“The man himself is elusive,” [Paul] Theroux noted. “He hides from journalists, he hates to be photographed, he seldom gives interviews, he no longer attends his own openings, but instead sends his wife and daughter to preside over them, while he stays in his studio, unwilling to speak — a great example of how writers and artists should respond — letting his work speak for him, with greater eloquence.”
(Jonathan Kandell, “Francisco Toledo, Celebrated Mexican Artist and Arts Philanthropist, Dies at 79,” NYTimes, 9-7-19)
The work should speak for the artist, yes. But there’s room also for the occasional artist who also talks.
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