Recording Conceptual Art: Early Interviews with Barry, Huebler, Kaltenbach, Lewitt, Morris, Oppenheim, Siegelaub, Smithson, and Weiner

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DENNIS OPPENHEIM
MARCH 29, 1969

PATRICIA NORVELL: We are obviously in a very active period of expanding and redefining the boundaries of artistic activity. Jack Burnham has recently suggested that at the present a systems aesthetic is the major paradigm for the arts, and that we are in a transition from an object-oriented to a systems-oriented society. 1 I'd like to find out what your artistic concerns are, and how they evolve, and whether you're at all concerned with objects or formal artistic issues. How do the aims of what you are doing demand how you present? Do they dictate your presentation and, if not, what choices do you have in the presentation? And then one of the main problems seems to be the documentation which you are very actively involved in. How do you handle that?

DENNIS OPPENHEIM: Okay. Well, let me see, first of all, Burnham's writing on an alternative to object sculpture I read, and I think that for the most part he's … ohh [laughs], what's this, an entourage? [Interrupted by people leaving] What was the question? [Laughs]

PN: Mainly I want to know what your concerns are. How you came to them and how … ?

DO: Well, the aspect of objects, an object-oriented art, I think, is being rigorously examined by young sculptors. I think due to the clarity and the success of some of

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  • Title Page *
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  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Introduction - At the Threshold of Art as Information 1
  • Notes *
  • Introduction to Eleven Interviews 17
  • Note on the Interviews 19
  • 1 - March 29, 1969 21
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  • 2 - April 17, 1969 31
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  • 3 - May 16, 1969 56
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  • 4 - May 24, 1969 70
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  • 5 - May 30, 1969 86
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  • 6 - June 3, 1969 101
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  • 7 - June 12, 1969 112
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  • 8 - June 20, 1969 124
  • 9 - July 25, 1969 135
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  • Index 155
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