Chicago Art Institute Lecture

I’d like to begin by thanking the Art Institute for putting on this show. It is particularly moving for me to be able to show my work here. When I was a student I wrote two thesis essays; one was on Seurat and the other was on Matisse, so I’m sure you can understand why the Art Institute means so much to me. Secondly, I’d like to thank Neal Benezra for spending so much time on this exhibition and for writing such a beautiful essay. In response to his essay I will be talking about the early work with as much an emphasis as I will the more recent work, as he mentions that work in regard to personalizing the formalism of my paintings.