The artists of Ray K. Metzker’s generation believed the work was its own reward, and strove to build lives that would enable sustained creation over time. In fact, he continued to work seriously until 2007, making sure to move on to a new project when he grew bored with the previous one. He refused to repeat himself for the sake of giving collectors what they wanted.
That seems to be the lesson to take from Mr. Metzker’s long career, and perhaps from Modernism as well. Instant gratification might not necessarily be a good thing, and we could all do with a bit more patience.
We shared a beautiful set of Metzker’s photos last year.