PRINT September 1983


Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves and not anything else, by the immobility of our conception of them.

—Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past


THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN art and life / The interrelation between physical presence and diagrammatic representation

In her article “ABC Art” in the October–November 1965 issue of Art in America, Barbara Rose illustrated Richard Artschwager’s work among that of the Minimalists. Certainly the following general characteristics of Minimalism could apply to his work: “He [John Ashberry] concludes that ‘what matters is the artist’s will to discover, rather than the manual skills he may share with hundreds of other artists. Anybody could have discovered America, but only Columbus did.’ Such a downgrading of talent, facility, virtuosity, and technique,

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