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I asked David Levine (our September artist) if I could publish this essay, which he wrote for  Art/US (no. 13, June, 2006). He responded:

Let’s just stress that it was written in 2006, at a different moment, when different things were going on and different players mattered.  The overall discourse has become a little more sophisticated since then, which perhaps restricts the claims I make, but I still believe in my analysis, and I still buy the defense of virtuosity, and the insistence on accounting for institutional conventions/aesthetics that are still overlooked, so yeah—let’s go.

David Levine’s “Habit” at MASS MoCA, February 2011. Photo: David Levine.

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