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  • Henry Flynt delivering his lecture “From Culture to Veramusement,” at the loft of Walter De Maria, New York, February 28, 1963. Photo: Diane Wakoski.

    Henry Flynt delivering his lecture “From Culture to Veramusement,” at the loft of Walter De Maria, New York, February 28, 1963. Photo: Diane Wakoski.

    “ Henry Flynt: Activities 1959–”

    Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen
    Grabbeplatz 4
    October 6, 2012–January 20, 2013

    Curated by Hans-Jürgen Hafner

    Henry Flynt’s efforts to demolish art and serious culture may have worked all too well: Perhaps no figure to emerge from the 1960s New York avant-garde is as elusive as the artist-musician-philosopher, who, after coining the term concept art in 1961, veered off on a trajectory so unique as to defy easy description. But awareness of Flynt’s importance to art history and to experimental music just keeps growing, bolstered by the astonishing trove of recordings—from hillbilly and blues to noise music and ragas—he has released in recent years. Now, the first museum exhibition dedicated to the artist will attempt to chart his all-embracing “transdisciplinary project,” with an overview of works ranging from his 1963 “Veramusement” lecture (delivered at Walter De Maria’s loft) to new and restaged talks and performances presented on-site. A retrospective catalogue will appear in 2013.