Monday, 16 February 2009
Joe Brainard, and Writing Art History
Portrait of Pat, 1971.
Flower Painting IV, 1967.
If Nancy was a Painting by de Kooning, 1975.
On saturday I went to the Writing Art History: On the Agenda? symposium at the Courtauld, organised by Catherine Grant. I couldn't quite get to grips with Francesco Ventrella's lecture Exercise: Writing a Choreography on the Art Historian’s Hat, which seemed to fly over most of the hatless heads of the Kenneth Clarke Auditorium attendees, but really enjoyed Catherine's Fans of Feminism: Re-writing Histories of Second-wave Feminism in Contemporary Art. Best of all was a lecture on the work of Joe Brainard, and "writing about the minor", which Gavin Butt presented with a good spread of Nancies and Pansies.
Joe Brainard homepage.
Another lecture by C.G here.