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San Francisco: Terry Fox

THE DAY I TALKED WITH Terry Fox about the “hospital piece” he was preparing to reenter the hospital for three months, to have his sternum removed. In fact, he reflected, he’s been going in and out of hospitals with a mysterious cancerous chest infection for the last eight years which is, considering he’s only twenty-eight, his entire artistic career. “Maybe my whole thing as an artist has been about this—death, and the hospital,” he said.

Fox has been referred to during the past two years, when he “surfaced,” as a Conceptualist, processist, “body” artist, and theatricalist, none of which referring to the titleless hospital, quite nail it. Cindy Nemser’s definition of “body” artist (Arts, September, 1971) comes close: “. . . all . . . work within real time and space and with themselves in terms of their own identities. Secondly, whether their works use media of live performance, film,

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