100th anniversary of the birth of Situationist – Asger Oluf Jorn

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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On this day 1914 one of the founding artists of the Situationist International movement Asger Oluf Jorn was born.

Today, March 3rd, would have been his 100th birthday.

In 1964, he was awarded a Guggenheim Award including a generous cash prize, by an international jury assembled by Lawrence Alloway.

The following day Jorn sent this telegram to the president of the Guggenheim, Harry F. Guggenheim:

GO TO HELL BASTARD—STOP—REFUSE PRIZE—STOP—NEVER ASKED FOR IT—STOP—
AGAINST ALL DECENCY MIX ARTIST AGAINST HIS WILL IN YOUR PUBLICITY
—STOP—I WANT PUBLIC CONFIRMATION NOT TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN YOUR 
RIDICULOUS GAME.

What a Hero!

During the course of his artistic career he produced over 2500 paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, artist’s books, collages, décollages, and collaborative tapestries.
He died in Aarhus, Denmark on 1 May 1973.

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