Are you overwhelmed by the obnoxious commercialism of Armory Week? Are you looking for a quick descent back to Earth before you jump off the roof of Pier 92? Let’s get back to the heart of the matter: the artists and their work.
“I am more interested in the porosity of abstract painting, in its ability to gather and absorb. So the geometric and the structural are relaxed by the organic and the ephemeral. The architectonic framework becomes open, transparent, and lightweight. And the still image becomes active with the potential of time, growth, and change. I want the forms in my paintings to work both graphically and dimensionally, to expand and contract.”
Points of reference include his Condensation Cube (1963-5), the cancellation of his 1971 Guggenheim Museum solo exhibition after several of his Haacke’s works were censored, and the investigative methods he currently pursues to continue his art practice. According to Haacke, heated debates that follow viewing many of his works are also part of his artistic output. Haven’t you always said you wanted to be an artist?
Although the discussion is currently sold out, thank goodness for the internet. NYTimes Arts contributor Patricia Cohen will interview Abramovic, covering as much as possible in an hour and a half window. Abramovic will furthermore discuss her upcoming experimental opera, “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic,” set for its US debut at the Park Avenue Armory in December 2013.