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WAITING FOR DR. COLTELLO: A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

DURING THE WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY 25–26, 1984. Claes Oldenburg and I met with Frank Gehry in New York to talk about a combined architectural and theatrical project for Venice originally proposed by the critic Germano Celant in connection with his exhibition “Art & Theater 1900–1984,” planned but not realized for the 1984 Venice Biennale. The events are now planned for the spring of 1985.

The Venice project provided a focus for a dialogue on art and architecture that the three of us had begun the previous year. Oldenburg and I spent two weeks in Gehry’s office in Venice, California, where we sharpened our understanding of by following his daily routine. We made a tour of his current projects in the area which were in various stages of completion—from a newly excavated site at Exposition Park, where the skeleton of the California Aerospace Museum was under construction, to the nearly finished

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