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This volume assembles interviews with over thirty major artists to form a unique document of American art of the ’60s and ’70s. Between 1966 and 1973, Jeanne Siegel conducted interviews and panel discussions with most of the major art figures of the period. Here is Marcel Duchamp on his role as the major progenitor of the period; Ad Reinhardt on the importance of art as art; Don Judd, Andy Warhol, Robert Murray, Saul Steinberg, and others on Barnett Newman and his influence; Louise Nevelson on “feminine sculpture”; Romare Bearden on the role of African-American art in the civil rights movement; Leon Golub on the importance of social protest in art; Carl Andre on the Art Workers Coalition; Robert Rauschenberg and Larry Rivers on the possibilities of multi-media; Allen Kaprow and George Segal on environments and happenings; Claes Oldenburg on fragments of ordinary objects; Roy Lichtenstein on the influence of Art Deco; Hans Haacke on systems aesthetics; and Joseph Kosuth on language art. Through these dialogues and others, Artwords exposes the foundations of the art of the ’80s and ’90s, illuminating the ideas which originated during this seminal period, and which are still very much alive today.
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