At what point does an artist create their legacy?

I think about this frequently when faced with a collection of an artist’s work. Typically, audiences critique each work of art, admiring some productions or exhibitions more than others, as critical discourse is an important part of the artistic process.

At some point, usually toward the latter stage of an artist’s career, I find myself switching from appreciating individual work to respecting that artist for their entire body of work. You forgive the pieces you weren’t fond of and feel immense appreciation for the artist’s voice and their unwavering commitment to experimentation and curiosity. Quite often, my least favourite production becomes, over time, the most respected piece. The gift of hindsight allows you to realise how far the artist was looking forward.

Grand Finale. Photo © Rahi Rezvani

Salvador Dali once said, “there’s no better way to create a legacy than to influence others with your art. A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” The first time I saw Hofesh Shechter’s work I was truly inspired. It was electrifying, and the reason we continue to program his work...

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