Lawrence Weiner and Jill Magid, On Self-Censorship

What makes for true art?


In the NeueHouse Frieze VIP Lounge on Sunday, May 11, artists and old friends Lawrence Weiner and Jill Magid discussed censorship, self-censorship, and the necessary conditions for making art.

As the father of Conceptual art, Bronx-born artist Lawrence Weiner’s radical works from the 1960s and ’70s redefined the way audiences interacted with visual systems.

Bridgeport, Connecticut–born artist Jill Magid is known for her written and performed engagements with governmental authority and systems of power.


Lawrence Weiner:  . . . If you could to a loving, adoring mother explain your dreams and your aspirations, they weren’t worth doing.

Jill Magid: When you start to create something, if you feel like you’re trying to create something that’s intelligible to other people, already you’re working within a kind of self-censoring practice.

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