(with Arakawa: An Interview)
This is the record of a theft of art. A group of five young artists removed from an exhibition at the Dwan Gallery a painting by Arakawa inscribed: "IF POSSIBLE STEAL ANY ONE OF THESE DRAWINGS INCLUDING THIS SENTENCE." So they did and their action has esthetic ramifications which should be indicated here. In one sense, the group's intervention is in a tradition concerning the annexation of art by artists. Marcel Duchamp is a precedent, with his addition of a beard and moustache to a reproduction of the Mona Lisa in 1919 and, also, in this note for a readymade : 1.
Rembrandt as an
Yoko Ono's "instruction paintings (meant for others to do)" 2. include the following:
Borrow the Mona Lisa from the gallery.
Make a kite out of it and fly (it).
Fly it high enough so the Mona Lisa smile disappears. (a)
Fly it high enough so the Mona Lisa face disappears. (b)
Fly it high enough so it becomes a dot. (c)
These examples, two from various precedents, are not a direct influence on the group but a part of the line of thought to which their act____________________