Probably Not But Who Cares

This is from David Shapiro in Poetry Magazine (November, 2011):

“I use postcards because they are a very cheap medium, and I always prefer cardboard to be as interesting as gold, rather than the reverse. Postcards of Rimbaud and Baudelaire can be found as kitsch, and I love all that multiplicity gone up in philosophical smoke. I asked Jasper Johns whether he thought my paintings would last forever and he said ‘Probably not but who cares?’ The greatest fate for them is to appear framed in my favorite artist’s house. Montale heard that Mayakovsky had read his poems, and thus, he said, they had reached their destination.”

Who do you make your work for?

Image: David Shapiro, From Poetry Magazine. More images and full text here.

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