in Plaid Shirt Working
my last year at Manhattan, my brother Glenn (photo below) began his
first and only year of art study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
in Philadelphia. He came often with me to school in New York, my mother
frequently writing excuses for him from high school in order for him to
do this; I too visited his classes while he studied at the Academy and
became acquainted with his teachers and colleagues, Morris Blackburn,
Hobbson Pittman, Murray Desner and Steve Heimel. I was a member of the
little circle of searching young painters at the Academy that had formed
around the personality and the teaching of Hobbson Pittman, the only instructor
there who understood and approved of historic 19th and 20th century avant-garde
work. A very strong and warm bond formed between Glenn, Steve Heimel,
Hobbson, and myself. While I was in Philadelphia to study with Stockhausen
the following year I regularly attended Hobbsons now-legendary Open
Criticism class on Thursdays."
here to return to Ron's autobiography.