New York

Robert Barry

Leo Castelli Gallery

Dear Robert Barry,

I really liked your show. You seem to be loosening up a lot. Your work’s never bored me in the way so much “its significance-will-become-clear” Conceptual art does, but your important and early moves were on the fringes of “respectable” Conceptualism, like writing single-sentence catalysts to the imagination, say the Psychic Series of 1969, or doing meta-art things like dosing galleries as an artwork. Now, after a lot of unadorned statements, you’re using evocative visual images again. It’s the first time I’ve seen color slides, for example, and I find it very refreshing. If you’re going to nudge people in a mystical way to an awareness of the world, as you once suggested your art was about, why not nudge them in as sensorily rich a way as possible? 

The distinction between the verbal and visual idea has become such a bore, and I’m guilty myself of continuing the daft

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