We interviewed Frances Bagley and Tom Orr just before the Christmas of 2014.
When discussing what has change in Dallas scenes, both talked about the shift in artists’ temperament.
The ‘60s and the ‘70s was a pretty wild time for a lot of reasons. You’d go to openings and people would get into arguments, not: “Oh, I don’t like your work.” I mean like screaming matches. It was interesting. No one was really so politically correct like they are now. It wasn’t a free-for-all, but things happened. People would say what they wanted to say….
…They weren’t concerned that we’re all tidy and presentable and acceptable, because really making a big living was not an option for many of us. There were only a handful of artists who were really making big money anywhere. Now, art is a profession you choose because you can make money. So that has changed the persona of the artist.
Watch the short clip here.