Steve the Great

December 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about art and creativity.  I was watching Sunday Morning on CBS a couple of weeks ago and they did a piece on the comedian Steve Martin.

I was so struck by his amazing artistic talent.  He’s won an Emmy,  multiple Grammys for his comedy albums and one for his recently released banjo album,  the Best Bluegrass Album of 2010, a Mark Twain recipient, Kennedy Center Honoree, multiple movies, plays, short stories, screenplays, three novels…phew!  Additionally, he is an art aficionado to the point of collecting and holds a deep knowledge of art. He is a trustee of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and collects the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso.   His latest novel, An Object of Beauty, is about the art world.

Whether you like his work or not, what is rather breath-taking is the openness with which he allows himself to express his art – written, spoken, preformed or musical – he truly allows plenty of room for creating.  If you look him up on the internet you will be astonished at his productivity.  Granted, it’s his JOB, but I appreciate that he doesn’t hem himself in and say, “I can’t paint because I’m a comedian.” Or “I’m a musician so I couldn’t be funny…”

If all of us would allow ourselves the same space to be, create, see or do what we have within us, we would all be much richer.




Entry filed under: Art and Design, Color.

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