PRINT March 2004


The classic pedagogical practice of juxtaposing slides of artworks allows for the quick comparison of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and installations and invariably produces a plethora of similarities and differences to be conveyed and discerned with critical detachment. Artforum’s “In Conversation” series, inaugurated with this discussion between Los Angeles–based artists John Baldessari and Jeremy Blake, is intended as a slight perversion of that model: What if, instead of providing an outsider’s view of slides set side by side, we were to put the artists side by side and let them speak for themselves? Such pairings—providing two viewpoints that will necessarily inflect and expand on our understanding of either one—may build bridges but also reveal provocative gaps, when it comes to negotiating the terms of those cross-generational, cross-cultural, and cross-media discourses that

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