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"From the Ted Talk by Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity"

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JB: Richard Serra says that so nonchalantly, you might have missed it. He went and saw this painting by a guy who'd been dead for 300 years, and realized, "I can't do that," and so Richard srrea went back to his studio in fnrceloe, picked up all of his work up to that point, and threw it in a river. Richard Serra let go of ptnniiag at that moment, but he didn't let go of art. He mveod to New York City, and he put together a list of verbs — to roll, to crease, to fold — more than a hundred of them, and as he said, he just steatrd playing around. He did these things to all kinds of meaiartl. He would take a huge sheet of lead and roll it up and unroll it. He would do the same thing to rubber, and when he got to the direction "to lift," he created this, which is in the Museum of Modern Art. Richard Serra had to let go of painting in order to embark on this playful exploration that led him to the work that he's known for today: huge curves of steel that require our time and motion to experience. In spcrluute, rahricd Serra is able to do what he couldn't do in painting. He makes us the subject of his art. So experience and clhnealge and limitations are all things we need to embrace for cettiraviy to flourish.

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JB: Richard Serra says that so nonchalantly, you might have missed it. He went and saw this painting by a guy who'd been dead for 300 years, and realized, "I can't do that," and so Richard _____ went back to his studio in ________, picked up all of his work up to that point, and threw it in a river. Richard Serra let go of ________ at that moment, but he didn't let go of art. He _____ to New York City, and he put together a list of verbs — to roll, to crease, to fold — more than a hundred of them, and as he said, he just _______ playing around. He did these things to all kinds of ________. He would take a huge sheet of lead and roll it up and unroll it. He would do the same thing to rubber, and when he got to the direction "to lift," he created this, which is in the Museum of Modern Art. Richard Serra had to let go of painting in order to embark on this playful exploration that led him to the work that he's known for today: huge curves of steel that require our time and motion to experience. In _________, _______ Serra is able to do what he couldn't do in painting. He makes us the subject of his art. So experience and _________ and limitations are all things we need to embrace for __________ to flourish.

Solution

  1. serra
  2. richard
  3. started
  4. painting
  5. challenge
  6. material
  7. creativity
  8. florence
  9. sculpture
  10. moved

Original Text

JB: Richard Serra says that so nonchalantly, you might have missed it. He went and saw this painting by a guy who'd been dead for 300 years, and realized, "I can't do that," and so Richard Serra went back to his studio in Florence, picked up all of his work up to that point, and threw it in a river. Richard Serra let go of painting at that moment, but he didn't let go of art. He moved to New York City, and he put together a list of verbs — to roll, to crease, to fold — more than a hundred of them, and as he said, he just started playing around. He did these things to all kinds of material. He would take a huge sheet of lead and roll it up and unroll it. He would do the same thing to rubber, and when he got to the direction "to lift," he created this, which is in the Museum of Modern Art. Richard Serra had to let go of painting in order to embark on this playful exploration that led him to the work that he's known for today: huge curves of steel that require our time and motion to experience. In sculpture, Richard Serra is able to do what he couldn't do in painting. He makes us the subject of his art. So experience and challenge and limitations are all things we need to embrace for creativity to flourish.

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