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January 27, 2017

"Of course some people say, oh Serge, for an artist to be blind, its such a tragedy… I don’t consider it a great tragedy. I’ve lived a long life, I’m happy to be here and to be alive." 

Serge Hollerbach, multi-lingual painter and long time resident of New York City, continues to paint in spite of severe vision loss. Regarding what guides his recent work, Mr. Hollerbach says: "it’s not a physical seeing, it’s the inner seeing... it is actually trying to make sense of

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December 20, 2016

Since beginning to post articles on The Vision and Art website a little over two years ago, we’ve had the opportunity to write about a number of remarkable artists, including most recently Jen Oldknow. Her inner landscapes, created in the tradition of the abstract expressionists, draw on texture, color, tone, and evocative mark-making to depict her inner world of memory and feeling through the medium of paint. In our interview with her, Jen speaks about the kind of fears and desires that many of us encounter in various ways in our own lives and also of how inspiring the work of the

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October 22, 2016

Taken one painting at a time, as I had known his work prior to this summer, the artist Robert Hamilton’s work is if not playful then dark, peopled with eclectic, mythical characters floating in a liquid, dreamy depth of color, graphic, and shape. Surfaces appear haphazard and casual, and paint is applied with an ease bordering on recklessness.

When seen as a whole, however, over time, as I had the opportunity to experience at Studio 53 Gallery in Mid-Coast Maine this past July, an entirely different sophistication emerged, one imbued with clarity, cogency, and a perseverance to be

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July 08, 2016

Cade Tompkins, of Cade Tompkins Projects (Providence, Rhode Island), who represents the Estate of Thomas Sgouros, knew the artist from 1998 until his death in 2012. On one of our visits to the ISB Gallery at RISD to see the recent Sgouros exhibit, we spoke to her about Sgouros, who she visited frequently in his studio in the last years of his life.

PHILLIPS:  You mentioned that after Sgouros’s vision was affected by macular degeneration, he paused before resetting his career, so to speak. It was a dark time for him, out of which came his Remembered Landscapes. Did

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April 16, 2016

Degas was a copious letter writer. Here we look at his correspondence through the lens of his struggle with vision loss, and couple this chronology with examples of the paintings and drawings he produced at each stage of his vision deteriorating.

(with quotes excerpted from Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas Letters, edited by Marcel Guerin)

1870: At the age of 36, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) realizes that the vision in his right eye is severely impaired when he closes his left one during rifle practice in the Franco-Prussian War and

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