PRINT February 1988

Jack Burnham


LS: How do you consider the speed with which artistic changes have been taking place?

JB: The speed of styles is basically a dysfunctional symptom.

LS: But that started a hundred years ago, if not more. You consider it a hundred years of dysfunction?

JB: Sure. And today we see the parody of it, a grossly dysfunctional system.

LS: Would we have it any other way?

JB: Probably not. The nice thing about living in a chaotic period is that it absorbs your attention. It’s a very busy time. It keeps your mind active.

IS: What would be a functional system? Total silence? No change in style?

LS: Iconoclasm.

JB: When Les Levine used to do his “Catalogue of the Museum of Mott Art,” I think one of the many proposals that he had was that artists just stop doing art for twenty-five years, and the ones that stopped would pay him for the privilege of not making art. He also had

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