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Damien Hirst

Sympathy in White Major - Absolution-II 2006 [detail] Private collection Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved. DACS 2012 Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

The Art Section is so pleased to present new work by two esteemed writers:  poet Tom Lux and fiction writer and critic Chris Kraus. When I think about summer reading this year, I know this issue will be one many will go back to to listen and read again and then wait wait wait until the Fall for the printed books.  It is an honor to preview these works here. And the icing on this summer’s cake is an essay on Damien Hirst by Floriana Piqué whose work we have presented here with much delight over her lyrical approach to writing about art that I find to be quite beautiful. 


I first met Chris Kraus at Yaddo thirty years ago, when we were both young artists. I delighted in her work then, and I remember helping her by making a painting of Switzerland that showed the journey of Hugo Ball that she performed at St Marks in New York in a production so lovingly clean and crisp in its presentation and nuance I savor it again now in memory. Somehow we lost touch; as artists, we have both been kind of gypsies but we reconnected through Facebook. I hope to have Chris send us more of her work in the future and to catch up on reading her books and criticism.


Tom Lux is an extraordinary poet, and those who think Atlanta is not on the map need to understand how significant it is that Tom has chosen to be here and has brought an amazing array of poets here. I first heard time Tom read when he arrived in Atlanta and I cannot tell you how much I loved the poems. We met at more personal level about ten years ago when we team lectured for a seminar in the College of Management at Georgia Tech. It was a special class in creativity, and I remember Tom spoke first. I could not believe he was not talking about my work, what it meant for me to be an artist, even as he spoke so eloquently about his own words and work. I have no idea what I told the students, as I think he said it better and more succinctly than I ever could. He could teach painting, but I could never teach poetry.  


See you in September.


Deanna Sirlin


The Art Section


This is the Five Year Anniversary of The Art Section. We published our first issue in June of 2007. Since then, we have published 150 essays, readings, and articles by writers, critics, and artists from South America, North America, Europe and Asia.

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