I didn’t expect to blog again this year, but here’s something. I’m often drawn back to this Vivian Maier portrait of a woman in a diner. There is such a human quality in her expression, & something so convincing about the flare & dazzle of the light, so inimitable in the way the coat sleeve falls away from her wrist, that I can’t move on. I yearn to congratulate her–the subject, not the photographer–for having so summed up something about being alive. If I had to choose a “most worthwhile art experience of 2009″, it would be this one. I haven’t read a book in that time, or seen an exhibition or watched a film, which convinced me so instantly & so permanently of its quality.