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PRINT Summer 1990

THE MEANING OF LIFE

TWO MEN ARE DRINKING IN A BAR. BETWEEN THEM IS A HALF BOTTLE OF WHISKEY. ONE OF THEM, A PESSIMIST, SAYS IT’S HALF EMPTY. THE OTHER, AN OPTIMIST, SAYS IT’S HALF FULL.

The experimental artist today is the un-artist. Not the antiartist but the artist emptied of art. The un-artist, as the name implies, started out, conventionally, as a Modernist, but at a certain point around the ’50s began divesting her or his work of nearly every feature that could remind anyone of art at all. The un-artist makes no real art but does what I’ve called lifelike art, art that reminds us mainly of the rest of our lives.1

A WOMAN DECIDES TO GO AND FIND A SMUDGE SOMEWHERE. THE IDEA IS TO REMOVE THE SMUDGE AND TAKE IT AWAY WITH HER. A FEW DAYS LATER SHE SEES A CIGARETTE ASH CRUSHED ON A SIDEWALK AND SWEEPS IT UP INTO HER JACKET POCKET. AFTER A WEEK GOES BY SHE SHOWS SOMEONE THE INSIDE OF HER POCKET. MAYBE SHE TELLS

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