Bannard article rediscovered
Post #1392 • September 18, 2009, 11:13 AM • 159 Comments
John Link, who is at work on a biographical introduction to the Walter Darby Bannard Archive, noticed an article referred to in his 1970 Notes on American Painting of the Sixties that wasn't listed. After a bit of digging around, Darby recovered it, and I have edited it and installed it: Present-Day Art and Ready-Made Styles, from the December 1966 issue of Artforum. It is, I think it fair to say, one of his major essays, full of keen remarks about the motivations of artists at the time, and how they relate to each other and artists before them. It hasn't yet gotten the full treatment from WDBA's Resident Copyeditor of Great Powers or its Sharp-Eyed Canadian Champion, and notably, the footnote numbers have disappeared from the body text, but it's still quite worth your time. Please e-mail me corrections.
A bit of Web searching turned up a similarly titled piece by Peter Plagens in the same issue of Artforum: Present-Day Styles and Ready-Made Criticism. I'm not sure what to make of it; in some places it seems like a reaction to Bannard's piece, but given that they were in the same issue, that's probably not the case, unless Plagens was anticipating an appearance next to Bannard and knew the general direction his thoughts would take. Maybe Darby will have some insight into this.