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Martin Kippenberger

MARTIN KIPPENBERGER’S MAGIC always cast a powerful spell over his audience, sometimes literally putting them under the influence. Not so long ago I invited him to visit the Yale School of Art, and with extravagant melodrama he struggled through the early-morning commute to New Haven. Immediately on arrival he scuttled his scheduled lecture by ambushing the students with a cheering invitation to head straight for Yale’s favorite bar. At the Anchor, they ate from the breakfast menu and got all liquored up. He held forth, judging the quick and the dead in the art world; opinions were refueled with every round of margaritas. Huddled in the Anchor’s cramped booths the students must have been positively charmed, or at least entertained; they stayed on past noon, cutting classes to drink lunch with Martin. It was after two when the entire staggering herd returned to the sculpture department, and

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