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Robert Heinecken, 1931-2006: A Remembrance

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Robert Heinecken, 1931-2006: A Remembrance

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Robert Heinecken was physically a small man--and toward the end of his long, debilitating illness, he was shockingly tiny. However, when he had his health, one hardly noticed his size because he always seemed, unobtrusively but decidedly, to be at the exact center of the energy in any room. His size has relevance because that factor, tied to his quick instinctual reflexes and ready intelligence, made it possible for him to excel in the United States Marine Corps as a jet fighter pilot, and then as a pilot instructor in the mid 1950s.

That is significant because he brought many of the qualities of that life into his later one as an artist and teacher. He tied together a sort of savage dedication to searching the boundaries and forcing the rules of established "high art" beliefs and concepts, with an astonishingly rigorous methodology of practice in his art and other professional activities. (This might seem unusual unless you understand what qualities are useful for flying very fast, very dangerous, fighting planes.) To these qualities, he added an exact, precise, unflinching, and, one might even say, moral sense of responsibility to his commitment to art-making. …

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