PRINT February 1988

Thomas Lawson


TME: Have you found the continuous turnover of styles in the last few years irritating?

TL: The turnover, per se, is neither here nor there. I don’t see that it’s much of a turnover. Much of it looks the same to me.

The point I’m sorry about is a kind of formal tendency on the part of an awful lot of art writers to follow this art-historical method which means that the work is discussed in this one particular way only, and the other parts of the work are left untouched. For me, the other parts of the work tend to be the more lively and interesting parts. I mean, I’d like to hear more about why someone makes work now, you know, what their real overwhelming motivation is. Everyone obviously works off previous generations. This is a different—what seems to be going on now is a very small calculation about, Well, if everyone is thinking about not working out of

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