Who’s Your Favorite Artist?

09/12/2007 12:00 AM |

We once knew a man who said he was looking for “an Andrew Wyeth woman in an Edward Hopper setting.” Not sure if he ever found what he was looking for, but it certainly got us interested in painting. As for us, well, we may know art, but we sure as hell don’t know what we like.
   
MIKE
Where I hailed him:
Greenpoint
Where he hails from: Brooklyn
Years as a cabbie: 25
Previous profession: Student
Monet. This year it’s definitely Monet. Previous years, maybe Picasso, somebody like that. This year I like the old Impressionists though. I’ll go with Monet. I also like hard rock music. This is Bush on the radio here. ‘Machine Head’. I also like Janis Joplin. I’m a big fan of Janis Joplin. I have some Janis Joplin CDs in the glove box. You want to hear some? That poor woman mixed too much alcohol and drugs. But she was an artist. That’s what a lot of artists tend to do.
   
CHOUDHURY
Where I hailed him:
Upper East Side
Where he hails from: India
Years as a cabbie: 12
Previous profession: Hotel worker
Van Gogh. He was not doing his best work until he was older. I like that. The paintings are wonderful. I don’t know much about art though.

MUHAMMED
Where I hailed him:
East Village
Where he hails from: Bangladesh
Years as a cabbie: 9
Previous profession: Odd jobs
I really don’t have any idea about artists here. I am from Bangladesh. I know some of the Bangladeshi artists. There, the best is named Zainul Abedin. He’s more than 80 years old; actually he has died, but he is the best there, nobody beats him. He made statues. But here you have many more artists. In Bangladesh you have I think, one, two art schools for the entire country. Here I drive around and everywhere I see School of Visual Arts, Art Institute — there are many schools.
   
ALFRED
Where I hailed him:
Williamsburg
Where he hails from: Ghana
Years as a cabbie: 8
Previous profession:  Worked for Cambridge, University Press
I don’t have any favorite artists. We have some well-known artists where I am from, but I’m not really interested in it. How about Kofi Annan, though? He is from my country.
   
MAMADOU
Where I hailed him:
Midtown East
Where he hails from: Mali
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: Student
No favorite. I’m too busy with the cab. No time for artists. I’m sorry.