martin kippenberger

detail from “Now I’m going to the big birch wood, my pills will soon start doing me good”

Live Hard, Create Compulsively, Die Young , that was the title of today’s New York Times article by Holland Cotter. I wasn’t sure what Cotter wanted me to feel about Kippenberger’s self-destructiveness after reading this. Really interesting work, yes … and thinking behind the work. But is it a good thing when an artist dies at 44 – probably from alcoholism, et al? Why do we have this myth of the crazy artist? This idea that an artist has to be self-destructive or crazy to make good / interesting art? I wanted to post a parallel re: an artist who wanted to live, but died at the hands of the Nazis … I’ll post that tomorrow.

NYT’s article on Martin Kippenberger
NYT Kippenberger slideshow


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