VERNON FISHER IS NO STRANGER to New York, but he has lived and worked in Texas nearly all his life. For an artist aged 42 to work at a level competitive enough to be consistently acknowledged in New York while still continuing to live in Fort Worth, Texas, requires a day-by-day decision. To be taken seriously in New York, let alone in Europe, your work has to be part of the dialogue there, but to make art that too easily slips in contradicts the very reason for staying in individualist Texas. Defying the tendency to mimic New York styles, Fisher has found a way to belong to the dialogue without being enslaved by it.

The pace, style of life, and attitudes here in Texas are so different from what they are in New York; Fisher’s work reflects the schizophrenic dualities of sophistication and hermeticism, of competition and isolation, and of being in and out of step at the same time. My interest

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