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Monday, October 16, 2006

Jo Baer's letter to Artforum, September 1967

Jo Baer's 1967 letter to Artforum, in defense of painting. She was pissed because there was so much anti-painting sentiment at the time; she'd been left out of some shows she felt she belonged in, she'd been in an argument with Donald Judd, and then Artforum ran two Summer 1967 articles (one by Michael Fried, the other by Robert Morris) that really set her off -

Jo Baer's letter to Artforum,  September 1967
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Jo Baer's letter to Artforum,  September 1967
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Jo Baer's letter to Artforum,  September 1967
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Judith Stein's interview with Jo Baer is good. This excerpt makes me think of Edna -

Judith Stein: Speaking of being rude....
Jo Baer: It's the only way to be, if you're female. You don't get anywhere otherwise.
Judith Stein: You decided to speak up, and you wrote that letter to Artforum ["Letters," Artforum, Sept. '67, pp. 5-6].