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This is the strike publication for participants of The Art Strike. What is the Art Strike? Good question. I've been getting their material for some time now and I sill don't understand it.

But, basically, from 1990-1993 all artists and cultural workers
(museums, galleries, etc) are suppose to put down their tools and cease to create and market art. Not in protest for higher wages, but in protest against the elitism and inflationary commodification of cultural ARTifacts. Artists are to cease being artists so that creativity can once again become an act of everyday living.

Although the idea is (in my opinion) silly, it does raise some very interesting questions about what is art, who are artists and what role should commerce play in creative expression. Just the mention of this action elicits
immediate hot-headed debate. That alone makes it something

(G. Branwyn)

YAWN: A Sporadic Critique of Culture,
PO Box 162, Oakdale, IA
52319. $10/yr.

Here is the TEXT POPUP for Yawn


Forget it. In a world where attitudes are commodities to be bought with time, the price of freedom would be far too dear. You couldn't afford to be without your fear of starvation, the fear of the denial of shelter, and, perhaps most of all, the fear that someone might be able to take away the banal comforts upon which you have grown to depend.

When Censorship Works, You Don't Know It.

Stop carrying a torch for art. Sit down. Take off your shoes. Relax. Have a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Artists. Can they help it? Are they possessed with the uncontrollable urge to create, or is this simply a pose designed to mystify their activity?

YAWN is not art. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't. Yes, it is. No, it isn't.

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