Le Witt Chapter 3

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S.R.: Now I have a maybe a difficult question. I am asking for the aim or the goal of your artistic practice. Can you say something about that?

S.L.: Perhaps to make a successful art object.

S.R.: That's a very short and very precise answer.

S.L.: That is something that I of course thought about.

S.R.: I like it! Do you think that all the things we talked about – the relation to minimalism and abstract expressionism – do you think that the developed paradigms of conceptual art are still in function, to the contemporary art?

S.L.: I think that conceptualism is the big idea of the second part of the 20th century, and almost everything you see today comes from that. Of course, after a while there was a confluence of both kinds of conceptualism - the Pop-Art-kind and the Minimal-Art-kind eventually became art that was involved in situational art or with political art or with Land Art or other kinds of ideas that came from that. But they all came from the basic idea of conceptualism because it became an art of content, and content became really the art of the last part of the century; it's still involved in content, but the origins were quite separate.

S.R.: When I look back and consider the history of art as a lineage, I would say that in the 60s there was a really big break – in many reasons - in relation to the art work, the art object, the subject of the artist, the subject recipient, and the institutions changed very strongly. Do you think it's possible to renew this in contemporary thinking and practice? Is it possible to bring conceptual art again to a very strong epistemological review?

S.L.: I think that something is bound to happen to change everything because I think this idea has gone along perhaps as far as it can go, but who knows. But I think that time is ripe for another kind of revolutionary thinking but something more simple than what's happening now because now it's all to do with expansion and multiplication. It needs to be cut down into subtraction and division instead of multiplication; it needs some clarification it needs some purity it needs some simplicity. I don't think we have that right now; I think that what probably, what people will probably cry out for is a renewal of simplicity.

S.R.: Do you want to add anything?

S.L.: That's it...



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