I originally wrote the introduction that follows to accompany the tapes. It has been copyedited for this publication.
This work consists of eleven tapes of interviews made during the months from April through July 1969. The individuals interviewed are Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Stephen Kaltenbach, Joseph Kosuth, Sol Lefiitt, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Seth Siegelaub, Robert Smithson, and Lawrence Weiner.
The intent of the interviews is to record the thoughts, ideas, and feelings of artists (in the case of Seth Siegelaub, of a dealer) about their work in relation to current changes in art activity and artistic concerns.
The evidence of change centers mainly on the role of the object in art. For many artists the object as art is obsolete. In their work, either the object is eliminated entirely or, if it is employed, its formal elements are subordinate to such concerns as material quality, natural phenomena, natural forces, location, process, or system. Where the art object is eliminated, some documentation of the art idea is usually substituted. Thus what is presented to the viewer may be photographs, written documentation and descriptions, or spoken information.