It's too simplistic to say that Yisrael K. Feldsott was the J.D. Salinger of the art world, but the parallels are entirely there. The early fame and adulation from critics. The obvious talent that was still peaking. And then the sudden retirement — a disappearance that was unexplained and seemingly inexplicable. Feldsott left the art world when he was in his early 20s. He still painted in private, almost every day, but he never planned to exhibit publicly again, and retreated as far as possible from his U.S. upbringing — to remote regions of South America. Unlike Salinger, though, who remained a recluse till the day he died, Feldsott had a change of heart, and he re-entered the art mainstream (by accident) a decade ago. Slowly, Feldsott, now a resident of Bolinas in Marin County and almost 60 years old, is again making a name for himself — a one-time prodigy whose output is once more drawing raves from the... More >>>
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