Selected artists’ statements were discussed on 23rd Feb 2011 in Really Free School. We talked about following artists: Martin Kippenberger, Marcel Duchamp, Douglas Huebler, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Paul McCarthy. Photocopies with statements were given away and the PDF version of that material can be seen here.
Catch the statement â Discussing/writing artists’ statements
A meeting will start with 2 quotes from Martin Kippenberger’s (1953-1997):
“I am rather like a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas. I do much more for people than just paint them pictures.”
“I’m not a ‘real’ painter, nor a ‘real’ sculptor; I only look at all that from the outside and sometimes try my hand at it, trying to add my own particular spice. I’m not interested in provoking people, but only in trying to be consoling. I always think of the things I do, quite unambiguously, as truly living vehicles. Assuming roles is something that simply won’t work for me, since I don’t have a style. None at all. My style is where you see the individual and where a personality is communicated through actions, decisions, single objects and facts, where the whole draws together to form a history”.
A few more examples of statements from other artists will follow, then a discussion about them and writing down your own statements. Photocopies of presented statements will be provided. All will take approx. 30 min.