Essays On The Blurring Of Art And Life
By Allan Kaprow
What if I had only a vague idea about “art” but didn’t know the conventions that told me when I was in its presence or was making it? What if I were digging a hole—would that be art? What if I didn’t know about audiences and publicity? What if I were to just go shopping? Would that not be art? What if I didn’t realize that art happened at certain times and in certain places? What if I were to lay awake imagining things in bed at 4 a.m.? Would that be the wrong place and the wrong time for art? What if I weren’t aware that art was considered more marvelous than life? What if I didn’t know an artist was meant to “create” art? What if I were to think art was paying attention? What if I were to forget to think about art constantly? Could I still make, do, engage in art? Would I be doing something else? Would that be okay?