Old Ship

What did you think, that joy was some slight thing?

Dan Ivic, Sunrise, 2012-2015, Oil, acrylic, oil stick, and collage on canvas. 96 x 70 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Lyles and King.

This is the fourth print installment of Kristin Dombek’s advice column. Questions can be sent to askkristin@nplusonemag.com. Read the Help Desk archives here.

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