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Tuesday, May 12

Excerpt from a review of 557,087


“In Kosuth’s piece [‘a series of cards, part of a larger work entitled Art as Idea as Idea’], the slender physicality of the cards is reluctant, but the philosophy is honest; Kosuth risks the embarrassment of trying to find answers in his typed outline, rather than merely, hiply, ‘posing questions.’

From Peter Plagens, “557,087,” Artforum 8, no. 3 (November 1969): 64–67.

Saturday, April 11

Younger Than Jesus, part two


Interview with Jarvis Cocker, published in August 1998 in Juice Magazine.

On the new album you sing the line, “I am not Jesus though I have the same initials.” What else do you have in common with him?

I’m a man. That’s about it really. I can’t perform miracles and I’m older than him. That’s what brought on that particular song that you’re talking about, because some guy really put a downer on my evening at a party once ‘cause he asked me how old I was. I said “I’m gonna be 33 next Thursday,” and he goes, “Oh, you’re gonna have problems.” I said, “Why is that?” and he said, “You know it’s the Christ age—Jesus was crucified at 33, a lot of men at 33 measure their life up against that of our saviour and find it wanting in some way.” I thought, I don’t believe this crap, but as it turned out, for whatever reason, he was right.

It’s been said that you don’t want to grow up. Is that true?

No, no, no. On the back of the record it says it’s okay to grow up, just as long as you don’t grow old. I mean human beings have to change. If you’re still trying to do the stuff that you would do at 22, when you’re older you look stupid and also your body just can’t take it as well. So, you know, it’s good to mature in some ways, but for me what growing old means is becoming less open to things, and becoming too bogged down in your views. You have to fight against that as much as you possibly can.

Friday, April 10

Younger Than Jesus, ca. 1968

The names of artists and art-world players—with their ages—as featured in a Howard Junker article, “The New Art: It’s Way, Way Out,” in the July 29, 1968 issue of Newsweek:

David Paul, artist, 22
Fred Sandback, artist, 24
Nicholas Wilder, art dealer, 30
Charles Cowles, Artforum publisher, 27
William Pettet, artist, 25
Dennis Oppenheim, artist, 29
Walter de Maria, artist, 33
Michael Heizer, artist, 23
Neil Jenny, artist, 22
Alan Saret, artist, 23
Richard Serra, artist, 28
Bill Bollinger, artist, 28
Bruce Nauman, artist, 26
Stephen Kaltenbach, artist, 28
Richard Tuttle, artist, 27
Dan Christiansen, artist, 25
Peter Young, artist, 28
Ronnie Landfield, artist, 21
Robert Gordon, artist, 23
James Turrell, artist, 24
Joseph Kosuth, artist, 24

Wednesday, February 4

Sexy Sexism

But in a world in which art, fashion, celebrity and money commingle, gallerinas know that their looks—or, at least, their look—can make a difference. Yancey Richardson, the owner of an eponymous Chelsea art gallery, notes that she employs front desk assistants who can answer questions from the public and clients, and also attack a rigorous list of tasks. “You can’t just hire people who are decorative,” she said, “but you can find someone with all those necessary skills and who is beautiful.”
New York Times, March 30, 2008

“It’s not a surprise that the director of a prominent, important gallery is black or is young or is a woman,” said Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, which has showed two of Ms. Vassell’s artists. “But when you run the three together, it sends a very important signal.”
New York Times, February 2, 2009