Art Week Quotable: Lygia Clark On Participation

“What’s happening around me? A whole group of people clearly sees that modern art doesn’t communicate, is increasingly becoming an elitist issue. So they turn to popular art, hoping to fill the gulf that separates them from the majority. Result: they cut the ties that attach them to the development of universal art and fall back onto a form of expression that is local in character.

I see another group that clearly feels the enormous crisis of modern expression. Those who compose it try to deny art—but this negation, they find no other way to express it except, precisely, works of art.

For myself, I belong to a third group that tries to elicit the public’s participation. This totally changes the meaning of art as one has understood it up to now.”

– Lygia Clark, “We Refuse”

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