Artist Dan Graham died yesterday.
There’s a really excellent interview with him from 2009 here: bordercrossingsmag.com/article/dan-graham-mirror-complexities
Love the part about Nauman and Andre thinking materials for their pieces could be returned to the store. And humour in LeWitt. And the story of the three versions of Homes in America, the work that launched his career, the first one without the pictures! (pictures of the spreads below)
Graham was hard to get. There was nobody like him. His work was difficult (the mirror pieces in particular). It stood outside of trends, styles or movements. He was a contrarian, a contrarian’s contrarian maybe.
That he loved magazines, architecture, rock and roll and writing and let those loves inform his work was part of the great “opening up” that was the 60s and 70s, creating many avenues for the artists who followed.
Dan Graham March 31, 1942 – February 19, 2022 Sadly missed.
First posted on Instagram, @sketch_finish
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> From: Robert Labossiere <firstname.lastname@example.org>>
>Date: April 25, 2021 at 10:03:03 AM CDT >
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>Subject: Dworkin on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show >
Sunday April 25: Dear CBC,
It’s very nice of you to have an author in to talk about their new book but this morning’s interview with Professor Jeffrey Dworkin fell flat, in part because there was no critical pushback, the very thing that plagues journalism today. Prof. Dworkin’s idea of concentrism, mentioned but barely discussed, is interesting but does it really account for the appalling superficiality and doom scrolling of the media today? Typically, for a journalist, he focussed on the audience and the wider context rather than the industry itself.
There seem to be only two “issues” being covered by CBC these days, racism and Covid. Fine. They are important. But it is sickening to hear statistics repeated over and over, the thinnest possible slice, without any real background, research or critical appraisal. I am sure I am not alone in feeling depressed, demoralized and terribly distressed by this relentless stream of not just bad but terrible, catastrophic news.
By all means bring Prof. Dworkin back, or others on this vital topic, but please, do some homework, a la Tom Powers or Eleanor Wachtel, and ask some pointed questions. Those who hold forth as experts need to be held to account, now more than ever. Journalism needs a shake if it’s ever going to shape up. If you have producers for the Weekend Morning Show, put them to work!
Under Disaster Capitalism, the media is a disaster. The least of the problems with it have to do with source authentication. News seems “fake” and can be too easily dismissed as biased when it lacks even basic substantiation and internal critical evaluation.
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