Years ago I reviewed an exhibition of works on paper and birch by Alex Caldiero. It was an extraordinary exhibit. I ended the review with the statement that “if Caldiero were a better painter he would be a worse artist.”
Open, inventive, searching, and a bit raw, his work moved me like no contemporary painter.
Today, in the German newspaper Die Zeit, just days before he will accept the Norwegian International Drama Prize, Peter Handke said that “ein Künstler dürfe auf keinen Fall ein Könner sein, Kunst bestehe gerade darin, das zu tun, was man nicht könne” / “in no case can an artist be be skilled, art is a matter of working without skill.”