The nature of artistic genius

There are two very different types of artists, which I call Old Masters, who work by trial and error and tend to improve with age, and conceptual people, or Young Geniuses, who generally do their best work early in their careers.

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It’s not curators, it’s not critics, it’s not the public, it’s not collectors who find great artists—it’s other artists.

Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/interview-galenson.html