Art In Uncertain Times: A Sense of Urgency Ripped Out, Guy Yanai From Tel Aviv – Juxtapoz Magazine
April 2, 2020
“So, we start our day whenever we wake up. No alarm anymore. We start with me trying to work out. Aurore puts a Pilates thing on TV. It’s in French, so I get to learn French and try to avoid working out at the same time.
“Somehow I make it to the studio, either by car or on foot. In normal times I always walk, but now it feels safer to drive. My studio manager and assistant no longer come, as they are not allowed, and honestly, I prefer it like this now. The studio feels sad, empty; it feels that the sense of urgency has been ripped out of it.
“Is this a sort of spiritual crisis? Maybe it is… For so long now, it’s been deadlines. And now they have vanished into uncertainty. I can take my time and work slowly, methodically. But … not yet. Soon. I am kind of in shock but soon will adjust. I know it. Art is still the reason and meaning of my life. I am thinking of Proust, of Gerhard Richter, of Cezanne, of Matisse, of producing art during hard times. All artists, all great artists went through historically difficult times. The mediocre ones succumbed to the present, the great ones never did.”