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What was the Sturniolo flower shirt also I will do this research process like? Did you find yourself being pulled down all sorts of rabbit holes along the way? The process was constant rabbit holes. I wrote the book in an endless rabbit hole. [Laughs.] I wrote the book in the British Library, and I would start the day with a couple of books on my desk and think about certain artists. Then I’d read a book, and it would mention someone else, and so I’d order that up, and then that book would send me somewhere else and send me somewhere else and send me somewhere else. I wrote at the same time as researching, so it was a very active research process. And I really like having that energy in the book of the discoveries happening. I think it gives a very present feeling to the text. There were times when I got things wrong, and I kept them in the text. There’s a chapter on paint on clothing, for example, and I remember I was in the British Library and I found this picture of these shoes on the website of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. So I emailed them and was like, “Oh my God, can I use that picture of Jackson Pollock’s shoes?” And they were like, “Sure, but they’re Lee Krasner’s shoes.” And I realized the assumptions that I was making there, and that I was already part of the problem. So I wrote about that in the book, this fact that I got it wrong. Pollock’s shoes were spotless. And actually, if you watch the way that Pollock paints, he kind of drips it over and out, he doesn’t get messy. Lee is the one that’s intense and lets it happen to her body, she’s the one that has the evidence of the paint on garments, of just how far she’s gone in the work. It was never a case of trying to crowbar anyone in, because I think that would be kind of rude to those artists as well. The whole thing was a million rabbit holes, but a total pleasure.
The tone of voice also has a real clarity to it, and the Sturniolo flower shirt also I will do this way the pictures are woven into the text make it very intuitive to read. Were you intentionally trying to make it accessible? Absolutely. I don’t know the present-day numbers, but pre-pandemic in the U.K., the Tate Modern was like the second-most-visited tourist attraction in the whole country. Millions of people in this country go and see art, and they go and stand in front of really complex, probing, radical, difficult art. We know that people get something from being in front of that kind of art, even if they don’t talk about it in theory-speak or the way you read it spoken about in art magazines. I really wanted to find a language that was inclusive but also hardcore in a way. The way to do that is just by saying exactly what’s there. Performance art is a really important part of it, because it can be quite difficult to write about. It was really important to try and find a way of writing about performance art that didn’t make anyone feel uncomfortable or alienated by it, but actually just felt like you were chatting to someone about it at the pub, and that’s what I think performance art can do when it is excellent. Also, even though most contemporary artists today have been trained in theory speak, if you go down to the pub with them, that’s not how they actually talk about it. So I wanted to give the reader that experience.