On 15th January 1964, Asger Jorn sent this beautiful telegram to Harry F. Guggenheim after he had been awarded the Guggenheim International Award for his painting Dead Drunk Danes (1960).
GO TO HELL WITH YOUR MONEY BASTARD—STOP—REFUSE PRICE (sic) —STOP—NEVER ASKED FOR IT—STOP—AGAINST ALL DECENSY (sic) MIX ARTIST AGAINST HIS WILL IN YOUR PUBLICITY—STOP—I WANT PUBLIC CONFIRMATION NOT TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN YOUR RIDICULOUS GAME JORN
Asger Jorn (3rd March 1914 – 1st May 1973) was a Danish artist who was a founding member of both the CoBrA art movement (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) and the Situationist international. Jorn led an extraordinary life which is well worth reading up on, even if his art is not your cup of team. During World War Two Denmark was occupied by the Germans which caused the committed pacifist Jorn to become depressed, though he did eventually join the resistance movement. In 1954 he met Guy Debord and played an active and enthusiastic role in the founding of the Situationist International. Jorn was resolute on art and politics being entwined for the revolutionary project – beliefs he maintained even after he left the SI in 1961.During his lifetime he produced over 2500 pieces of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, sculptures and collages.
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