Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Tribute to Joy Hakanson Colby

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Well the evening was wonderful...and what a turnout! It seems like everyone from the art community was there, although not as many of the art youngsters. Many people went up and spoke kind words about joy's influence in the art community and one could really get a sense of how much impact she had on the older art generations. (joy is in the orange jacket)
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graham beal of the DIA
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Gilda Snowden fondly spoke of the first time she was reviewed by joy and how her father who was an art skeptic finally acknowledged that she was an artist and told her it would be OK. Gilda, along with other artists like Jocelyn Rainey spoke of the importance of art criticism and the impact it had on them and their careers. Too bad there aren't more Joy Colby's out there!!
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Here is Joy giving a few last words. I was also thinking how sad it is that this big art gathering happened because someone important is leaving detroit. Maybe it would be in our cultural interest to have more events like this, that bring together writers, artists, curators, and gallerists of every generation!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joy was a good person. As an artist, if you have serious work, she will take you seriously.

1:39 PM  
Blogger cultureindustries said...

There's a saying about how you only see some people at weddings and funerals. I had that feeling at the event for Joy Colby. It was a great feeling to see all the people come out yet it was kind of sad knowing that opportunities like this are far and few between. The fact that there weren't more younger folk there probably has to do with the fact that the space Joy was allowed to have was scaled back so much in recent years because of changes at the paper. One thing about Joy that should be noted is that during the evening several artists got up to speak about the feeling of having her review one of their shows. But she did more than that. She was out on the street digging up stories outside the gallery system. She wrote about artists from their studios as well as about the scene in general. That said, a lot of artists think that just waiting for the critics and collectors to show up is all they have to do. There's more to creating an art community. During the 1970s and 1980s there were artist-run publications like Detroit Artists Monthly and Focus Quarterly that Joy often looked to for story ideas. Whoever might do that job at the paper next is going to need even more help in that they probably won't be that well versed in the visual arts because of all they'll need to cover. They also won't be able to develop the kind of in-depth sources you need to do a good job as a journalist. Better learn how to write good press releases, boys and girls, that way you can write your own review because that'll no doubt be your best shot for future coverage.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I missed it. Just moved to town and wondered why I didn't see her in the paper. I knew her daughter years ago. Hope to meet some of you when I figure things out.


2:37 PM  

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