For some reason this title reminded me of the first verse of a wonderful poem by Gregory Corso….
Should I get married? Should I be Good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustaus hood?
Don’t take her to movies but to cemeteries
tell all about werewolf bathtubs and forked clarinets
then desire her and kiss her and all the preliminaries
and she going just so far and I understanding why
not getting angry saying You must feel! It’s beautiful to feel!
Instead take her in my arms lean against an old crooked tombstone
and woo her the entire night the constellations in the sky–
The poem is called Marriage and the full version is available here:
I was initially drawn to this by the typographical design and also because of my general interest in Situationism. It was therefore a pleasant surprise on opening the pamphlet to discover a woman member of the Situationists who i had not heard of before – Jacqueline de Jong.
Wikipedia says this about her:
She joined the Situationist International in 1960, and started to participate in conferences and the Central committee. After the expulsion of Constant Nieuwenhuys and his group, she became the Dutch Section of the organization. She did not accept the way the German section, also known as Gruppe SPUR, had been expelled and resigned. The cleft between the Debordists and the Second Situationist International grew, however she refused to join either faction, instead stating that people should act as situationists. Between 1962 and 1968 she edited and published the The Situationist Times involving Gaston Bachelard, Roberto Matta, Wifredo Lam and Jacques Prévert in this project. In 1968 she was in Paris, printing and distributing revolutionary posters.
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Mladen Stilinović, born 1947 in Belgrade. Read the text “Insulting Anarchy” announcing his show at Martin Janda in Vienna in 2001 by clicking on the image. Amazing! Also: don’t miss Stilinovićs biography on his homepage.
Die erste Einladungskarte des belgischen Künstlers Marcel Broodtaers. Darin legt er unverfroren einen Teil der Mechanismen hinter dem Galeriesystem offen (30% für den Künstler, damals noch…), gleichzeitig parodiert der Text auf der Karte seinen Übergang vom Schriftsteller zum Künstler.
Marcel Broodthaers first invitation card reveals certain mechanism of the gallery system (30% for the artist, well back then), and he explains, in the form of a parody, why he wants to become an artist.
“Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976) decided to become an artist only at the age of 40. Previously he had lived as a freelance writer in Brussels and Paris, publishing various volumes of poems and art criticism. On the invitation card to his first exhibition in 1964 he revealed the reasons for his change of career: “I asked myself if I couldn’t sell something and succeed in life. That was a moment when I felt good for nothing. I am forty years of age. The idea of ultimately inventing something insincere crossed my mind and I set to work immediately. After three months, I shall show my production to Edouard Toussaint, the owner of the Saint Laurent gallery. ‘But it’s art,’ he said, ‘and I will gladly exhibit all that.’ ‘Okay,’ I replied. If I sell something, he will take 30 per cent. These appear to be the usual conditions.” Wilfried Dickhoff, July 2008