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February 11, 2010

[Village Voice] Let’s talk about the art world’s paradoxical discomfort with objects. I say “paradoxical” because that’s what artists historically did: make stuff. The anti-object crusade only reached critical mass in the 1960s, with artists like Douglas Huebler claiming, “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.”

In recent years, artists have shunned objects and instead set up off-shore abortion clinics and networks devoted to alternative radio, beekeeping, or sustainable agriculture. They have founded renegade art schools and open universities. But if you work within the gallery and museum system, how do you avoid making objects, or effectively address their complications? (read)

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