Posts Tagged ‘yoko ono’

What’s so great about art?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Joseph Kosuth, "One and Three Chairs" (1965)

Joseph Kosuth, “One and Three Chairs” (1965)

[Update 4 October 2014: See the bottom of this post for a bit more.]

This is a response to Dianna Dragonetti’s recent post here, which is itself a response to Janey Smith’s “Fuck List,” originally published at this site. It’s also a response to the numerous comments on Dragonetti’s post. Because it seemed to me that, as of this writing, a lot of the debate over Smith’s post, and the book that’s apparently resulted from it (which I’ve not seen), has taken the form, “Is what Smith did art?” Mind you, I doubt this post will settle that debate, but I hope it provides

  1. some historical context I think relevant to Smith’s post;
  2. plus an argument why, at the end of the day, I don’t think that it really matters whether Smith was making art.

I guess I should also note, in passing, that my name was the first name on Smith’s “Fuck List” (thanks to the magic of alphabetization). Since I find myself (along with numerous others) the object of some obscure desire, perhaps I can offer a few thoughts on the subject.


The Embrace of Impurity

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Eva Hesse - Hang Up, 1966


Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Yoko Ono answers questions posed by her twitter followers. Some are funny, like

p_oem: If I were a wave would you surf me? Ono: If I saw a big wavelike you, I will flee

Others are dumb, like

sugarspeak: Who is your favorite female, contemporary poet? Ono: I don’t read poetry. I imagine.