Kathryn Bigelow discusses inspiration and mentorship
Fresh out of art school in San Francisco, Kathryn Bigelow went to New York where she was introduced to conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. They had an instant rapport and began a 10-year relationship as mentor and protégée. “He would challenge your ideas… why do you want to make this? Why is that an interesting idea?” Discover more https://on.rolex.org/2SweokY
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I was just fresh from San Francisco Art Institute, came to New York to study in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and I was hungry to see everything out there and I was introduced to Lawrence Weiner. I believe it was John Baldessari came up to me and said, “there’s somebody I want to introduce you to.” And he brought me over to see Lawrence. I shook hands with him and he said, “Can you come work with me tomorrow?” And I’m like, sure. And that’s sort of how it started and went for 10 years.
I’m sorry, what’s your name?
And with that, what’re you trying to do?
He would challenge your ideas, like, why do you want to make this? Why is that an interesting idea? What is the purpose of it? What is the purpose of art?
Lawrence Weiner: A boy is a girl, a cat is a dog. It’s all things you know, art is about things you don’t know.
He has so much integrity and there’s so much honesty and truth in his work that it’s very, in a way, overwhelming just from that standpoint.
Lawrence Weiner: Essentially, you don’t agree with the way the world presents itself, so you set about trying to set up another configuration.
If you think about those people that have really shaped you, they never leave you. His words have stayed with me forever. I only hope that young artists find that Lawrence Weiner in their purview, you know, so they can be enriched by it.
Kathryn Bigelow & Lawrence Weiner
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