I have done a few interviews. I do my best to make the enjoyable. My hope is the conversation will be helpful to the artist, the reader and me.
This week I spotlight some recent interviews of artists who deserve a hearty congratulations:
David Diao at UCCA, Beijing
Keltie Ferris interviewed by Jason Stopa in Art in America on the occasion of her excellent (and well reviewed) show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
My feeling is that thoughtful interviews are the best way to learn about an artist and their work. Jennifer Samet does yeoman’s work with her Beer with a Painter series at Hyperallergic. BOMB is the gold standard for artist on artist dialogue. Temporary Art Review’s interviews are varied but innovative.
Notes about art books:
I was very sad to be traveling and miss my annual pilgrimage to the now massive NYABF. While preparing for my E/AB statement I was rereading a somewhat caustic but very informative interview between Sol LeWitt and Saul Ostrow and came upon this: “I became interested in making books, starting about 1965, when I did the Serial Project #1, deciding that I needed a small book to show how the work could be understood and how the system worked. From that time I began to do books as works in themselves, not as catalogues. I used photography in most of these pieces. The importance of Ed Ruscha in this cannot be ignored. Buying books was a way anyone could acquire a work of art for very little.”
Then LeWitt and Lucy Lippard started Printed Matter which begat the NYABF and the E/AB fair.