Magazine article Artforum International

Phyllis Tuchman Responds

Magazine article Artforum International

Phyllis Tuchman Responds

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Risk? Fear of looking foolish? You gotta be kidding. Have the Tate curators never been on the scary rides at Disneyland? Don't English grade schools have recess? That's where you can get emotional scars aplenty. Aren't we talking about artworks, not riskfilled real life? As it is, there's an issue that Wood and Noble don't raise: Why were all those visitors to Bodyspacemotionthings willing to wait on long, winding lines to interact with Morris's wood sculptures? I've asked myself the same question at Richard Serra's shows at Gagosian Gallery, where people queue to walk through his steel behemoths. Rather than consume curatorial theories regarding a repressed "physical unconscious," I'd prefer to read surveys taken from hardy gallerygoers.

The weekend I was in London, I went to the Morris show every day. At Tate Modern, no one looked to be under duress. They were having too good a time. Just look at photographs, mine or anyone else's. Should the curators have posted signs telling kids and couples they might suffer stress and embarrassment as they approached Morris's works?

And where were those Long Weekend leaflets? I didn't see any being distributed or available in bins that Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. …

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