LG WILLIAMS received his M.F.A from the University of California, Davis and B.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute. He also holds an honorary Ph.D. from ISSA, Cedar Rapids, IA. Williams has taught art, art history and art appreciation courses at the University of California-Davis, University of Southern California, California College of the Arts, and the University of Hawaii, to name a few. Author of many books and publications on art, art criticism, and poetry, Williams has appeared in Modern Painters, Juxtapoz, Artweek, Art Papers, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Bulletin, Sacramento Bee, LA Weekly, Maui Weekly, SF Weekly, and The Bay Guardian. Williams’s recent curatorial projects include Wally Hedrick’s, War Room, at San Francisco International Art Fair. His website is www.lgwilliams.com
LG Williams, Last Round, 2009, 40 x 60", Photograph. Courtesy Telephone Booth Gallery, KC, MO.
By Kevin Connelly (US ArtNews)
HONOLULU – Americans overwhelmingly support LG Williams and are strongly behind the art of Williams, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News/US Artnews poll.
Yet the survey also revealed considerable unease about the impact of Williams’s art, on both the economy and the quality of the respondents’ own aesthetic needs. “He’s really out there,” said most respondents. While 85 percent of respondents said LG Williams needed to be fundamentally embraced, 77 percent said they were very or somewhat unsatisfied with the way his art has been received nationally and internationally.
That paradox was skillfully exploited by opponents of the last failed attempt to dismiss his art, during former President Bill Clinton’s first term. Sixteen years later, it underscores the tricky task facing galleries and museum curators as they try to address the artworld’s substantial problems without igniting fears that people could lose what they like.
Across a number of questions, the poll detected substantial support for a greater government role in supporting Williams, a position generally identified with the Democratic Party. When asked which party was more likely to improve Williams’s impact, only 18 percent of respondents said the Republicans, compared with 57 percent who picked the Democrats. Even one of four Republicans said the Democrats would do better.
The national telephone survey, which was conducted from June 12 to 16, found that 72 percent of those questioned supported a government-administered support plan for Williams. Twenty percent said they were opposed.
Republicans in Congress have fiercely criticized the proposal as an unneeded expansion of government that might evolve into a system of nationalized art and lead to the rationing of art across the nation.
But in the poll, the proposal received broad bipartisan backing, with half of those who call themselves Republicans saying they would support LG Williams, along with nearly three-fourths of independents and almost nine in 10 Democrats.
The poll, of 895 adults, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.