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Re: [BKARTS] Drucker's Gate



YAAAAAY MARY YORTY!!! You captured it in a nutshell... very smart of you. I agree
wholeheartedly with your opening statement. Talk about snobbery, Drucker heads the list.

Patrice

> 
> On my first reading it's  her jabs at the amateur, "crafts using materials
> from Michael's,"  frequent repetition of the words "cruel" and
> "gatekeeping" that make the stongest impression.  When I re-read, I see the
> value of many of her ideas for developing a descriptive volcabulary and
> critical terminology.  But there is still her insistence on the necessity
> of strife and exclusion-- "I see turf battles and hurt feelings ahead"--and
> her inclination to place blame for artists' books lack of status on the
> presence of amateurs and their work, on the inclusion of work that is
> merely personal, and other 'junk.'
> 
> The presence of amateurs and their work is really not to blame for the lack
> of interest in the best work in this field.  From the LA times article
> recommended by R. Minsky:
> 
>   "artists' books appeal to the most exclusive, least public aspects of art and
>   reading: ownership, one-on-one delectation and 
> too-expensive-to-be-mass-produced
>   snobbery."
> 
> 
> 
> We can choose our values and what kind of community we want to maintain
> rather than assume collateral damage in the course of 'good scholarship' is
> inevitable.  Personally, I think the lack of attention is a failure on the
> part of the existing critical apparatus, and that the quality of
> inclusiveness, the way knowledge is shared among people in this field isn't
> merely niceness or 'warm fuzziness' but an important and radical thing.
> 
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