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NO!art and the Aesthetics of Doom - GUESTBOOK

November 9, 2001 through January 13, 2002
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University | 1967 South Campus Drive | Evanston, IL

ENTRIES IN THE GUESTBOOK:

Transcription by Mathilda Wolf and Dietmar Kirves, Berlin.

Yes to no!

Wow! Shocking & insightful - thanks!

NO!

Boffo! Nice Jugs!

No! art is just that I have seen nicer, more insightful graffiti on the South Side.

What a collection of crap!

Disturbing - We Hobbz

Everything I hoped it would be.

Interesting historical moment - however, as always in retrospect, it is under NOW how we can characterize this as „radical“. The formal choices + use of the female nude were not without prudent and mostly here the Nude is used in reactionary way.

Why not have a panel that explicitly addresses the gender issue? Also, what is the political statement here? Anarchist? Clarity of terms + choices would be good.

Still, the genocide situation(?) was particular well done. The first panel was also clear, precise + informative. Thanks for the show.

Super!

It s refreshing to see a show that exclaims itself as „Shit“. So often times I walk through galleries without such helpful titles. Through holy enjoyable.

Why no say panzer ?

BOO! A ELL IS BOO! Daddiso

Excellent - never heard of the No group -
... in the „60“s or later -
should have -
good history

No! is exciting, a big kick to the Head. It’s important stuff oh! yes. A.W.

Very interesting depiction of themes we are seeing today: war, discrimination, complacency. Sadly, many people would NO!t + even see it. S.P. Thank you.

Thank you - Infory & nostalgia for the efficacious ?savage? experience (mythic & fictitious) evoked.

Saya dari Jakarta .....baqua iho museum nya!

A. Use both sides of the paper, people!
WHAT IF WE DON'T WANT TO ???
B. No Art’s Doom was that it worked within the very arena it criticized - the art world is no place to condemn American society and expect any effects. It’s a little box people look into if they feel like seeing. Taking art OUT of the „art world“ would have been more revolutionary, So we learn...

Horrible Infories of Nazis, Hiroshima, etc..

Terrible + vulgar … Thanks
Joseph Rivera

You should have listened to Harold Rosenberg more closely.
Elaine ... ...

clt looks good

a fine show, capturing the creative spirit of a particular time. I hope this was tied into courses examining the 1960’s!

For the Film/Video showing in the South Gallery, I think you should block off ambient light spilling in from outside, i.e., w/Black paper o something. It would make the film + stills more viewable.

Just checking the gel pen

Not a bad first trip to yours museum. Will come back for new exhibitions. Why do you choose to show these particular styles or movements? Is this correspondent with the philosophy of the university?
Bensson

Oh Hey. Very disturbing

Well presented. Thank you.

Then, this too is ART! I don’t consider this very creative or artistic.

Whee! ie can write

Great show - a wonderful (but forgotten) moment of ‘60s anarchic vigour!

As an art student, it’s refreshing and similarly not surprising that I have never been target this era or movement of art history. Wonderful to learn that not everyone worshipped Warhol and his gang and some artists were actually making relevant and meaningful work. Thanks.
Also an alternative to „Rockwell“ shows, promoting our „patriotism“ in these strange times....

Hideous but interesting only insofar as its date, early 60`s presaging Basguiat + later good work. No excuse for it!

I love the small sculptures, particularly the small couple by Lynn Chadwick. It has a whimsy quality about it. Looking at it, you set a sense of fun and playful qualities. Please bring more of such sculptures. Did not particularly care for „No Art“... It didn’t make any sense to me. I’d like to see art which inspires and entertains rather than scary. 11-12-01 PI

12/11/01
Why did you cut the great views?

DOOM - VOOM - VOOM
great show Zi 11.12.01

art must sponsor culture in a necessary, hip and cool way.
Too much critique makes one hypocritical.

THE SHOW REMINDS ME OF WHEN I
TURN THE PAGES AND WHACKED OFF.
GREAT InfoRIES! LOVED THE SHOW.

Un` ichi Wow

Oh Mama Liberté!
I loved it. Good show! -AJC

Awsome
Er An E some too!

BK wrangle
No Art is probably the most feeling you can have in

NO!art Hard to face!
Deaf, very Deaf (Chelsea and Carmine Caroll)

THE No ART SHOW WAS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING SHOWS I HAVE EVER SEE! THANKS FOR DOING IT. D. M. PACKER

The group of works presented here - the fabric NO! and the lovely Japanese spirits and watercolors - marvelous! Art is wast and utterly personal. Thank you.

EAT SHIT AND DIE
OR?

NO!art is the best art.

NO!art is not art.

Yes, it is!

Interesting - But the reason is under -

HURRAH’S FOR BLOCK GALLERY. IF THIS SHOW APPEARED DOWNTOWN, IT WOULD BE PACKED (LIKE ROBERT HEINEKEN AT MCA) GREAT!

Deep, painful
Hard to take
A great show!

NO! Soon back in fashion
WAR on fill in the blanks
to a society near you.

You’re kidding me right?

THE EXHIBIT DOES WHAT IT WAS INTENDED TO CONVEY. DISGUST TO A FOR THE PERPETRATORS.!!!!

The soap in the bathroom smells awful.

Very interesting, it makes one think!

Thank you - for pasting back the excised page into history.
NO!

NO! THANKS

I think the Mud and ... Horse was very cool

Thank for recreating moment of the 60`s - who knew

A wonderful exhibition - Block MUSEUM`S NO!art exhibition makes a great argument for Chicago as a premier area for art. Keep up the good work, Block Museum! Pity is every NU student has seen this show.

Impressed by Hiratsuka exhibit

BOY, NO ONE THROWS AN ART OPENING LIKE THAT ANY MORE!

HIRATSUKA WORKS WERE IMPRESSIVE!
I HOPE I DON’T COME ACROSS NO!ART AGAIN.
THE HOLOCAUST IS AN EVENT TO BE REMEMBERED
AS REVERENCE FOR THE VICTIMS, NOT AS
SOMETHING TO BE PLACED NEXT TO SOMETHING
CALLED THE „SHIT SHOW“

Thank you for being wiling to have this show. Please continue to be bizarre.

Nov. 3, 2001
4:35 pm

TRAON!
Orchid Blossom First Flour bunge,
Cash Box People Making Sound.
Fixing Wheels Down The Stairs,
North Wing Closed. South Wing Found.
Pastimes Flashes Blackened Room,
Controversy Showing Soon,
November Eight, Light of Moon,
Death And Heat And Dripping Pores,
Scores and Scores of filthy Whores,
Flash Point Grey Scale
Killer Whale
Neon Highlight.
Gorgeous sight.
Orchid Withers, Dim The Night,
Forgetting Not The Peoples Plight.
Action, Showtime, No Applause
Feed The Fire, Artist’s Cause

G. Steven Franchi JR.

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