PRINT February 1988

Brian O’Doherty


BOD: The way that one construes the social situation has changed completely, and the relativism that is reflected in the criticism, and that is now reflected in the art, was long overdue in the art, it seems to me, because that straitjacket or coffin or dike through which the waters of Modernism flowed so wonderfully in fact preserved itself more than anything else. Literature gave it up long ago and music gave it up long ago, and we kept it in visual art longer than anyone else, I don’t quite know why.

What I do object to today is the invulnerable self-interest. It changes the definition of what being an artist is for me. We’re all careerists in our own subtle dissembling ways, and some are better with it than others, like having curly hair and blue eyes; some are really good at it and some are very clumsy at it. But there is too much rampant careerism

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