The Boom Is Over. Long Live the Art!, by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, February 15, 2009

 

 

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Meredith Monk performing her piece “Juice”
at the Guggenheim Museum in 1969,
Estate of Peter Moore/VAGA,
Courtesy of the Paula Cooper Gallery

“…It’s day-job time again in America, and that’s O.K. Artists have always had them — van Gogh the preacher, Pollock the busboy, Henry Darger the janitor — and will again. The trick is to try to make them an energy source, not a chore.

At the same time, if the example of past crises holds true, artists can also take over the factory, make the art industry their own. Collectively and individually they can customize the machinery, alter the modes of distribution, adjust the rate of production to allow for organic growth, for shifts in purpose and direction. They can daydream and concentrate. They can make nothing for a while, or make something and make it wrong, and fail in peace, and start again…”

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