PRINT September 1972

The Trouble with Art-as-Idea

In a sense, then, art has become as “serious” as science or philosophy which doesn’t (sic) have audiences either. It is interesting or it isn’t, just as one is informed or isn’t.

—Joseph Kosuth, “Introductory Note by The American Editor,” Art Language, Vol. No. 2, 1970.

I am a successful culture fucker.

—Lawrence Weiner, Avalanche, Spring, 1972.

My exhibition at the Art and Project Gallery in Amsterdam in December ’69, will last two weeks. I asked them to lock the door and nail my announcement to it, reading: “For the exhibition the gallery will be closed.”

—Robert Barry, October 12, 1969.

It is only when active artists willingly cease to be artists that they may convert their abilities, like dollars, into yen, into something the world can spend: play.

—Allan Kaprow: “The Education of the Un-Artist, Part II,” Art News, May, 1972.

Estheticism is an easy step away from nausea. It’s what’s left

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