What are the most important skills an artist can have?

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What are the most important skills an artist can have?

Fred Wilson. "By Degree," 1995. Ceramic and painted porcelain, 8 X 7 X 11 1/4 inches. Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate. Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York.

"I really don't have any desire to make things directly with my hands. I don't know when I left that behind, because I studied art, but I get everything that satisfies my soul from the kinds of things that I do—bringing objects that are in the world and manipulating them, working with spatial arrangements, and then having things produced the way I want to see them. My work is strongly visual. I'm not a conceptual artist who is only interested in the idea. It's really rooted in the visual. That's where I get excited. But I have a great need for structure in a conceptual thread—perhaps throughout the works in a project—almost like a matrix more than a structure."
—Fred Wilson

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