Kosuth Chapter 5

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S.R.: How would you describe your typical daily work as an artist?

J.K.: I'm doing a lot of projects. At some point, I realized I could really live anywhere, I didn't want to live in New York anymore. It's the whole community of artists that lived there are gone; it's really a big shopping mall, restaurants for the suits. And Europe for me, some years – before 9/11 – Europe just became more and more interesting, there just was more support for contemporary art and just a lot more going on. And I simply... as I got older I just preferred to be in Europe; I still have a studio in New York and a small staff there, and I go there when work necessitates it, but I live in Rome. There I have eight assistants and... you can fly out to Rome or you can work anywhere, because I'm working really all over the world. So Italy is my favourite country and Rome is my favorite city there; I'm quite happy; I'm living on an island in the middle of the Tiber; and it's a 16th century space, all arches and I hear the river at night when I sleep. I have two studios on two islands; one is Manhattan, the other is Isola Tiberina. My staff arrives at 10, I've got to up by 10 no matter what, no matter if it's in the evening. And so there's a certain structure. I have two daughters, 8 and 11, and they are a very important part of my life, and in Rome I see them a lot. We don't live together, I'm separated from their mother, but (??) friend. My life is organized really between/I try to keep a balance between work and play, which makes you very healthy to do that, but I'm a bit of a workaholic. I'm an extremely lazy workaholic. So I don't know. Somehow it works out. I get quite a bit done; as the years go by and I look back I feel that I have accomplished quite a bit. So we hope we can keep to do that as long as possible.

S.R.: Yes sure. So thanks a lot.

J.K.: You are welcome.


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