Artworkers Coalition Aims: A Proposal

Boris Lurie, January 18, 1970. 

  1. AWC CONSTITUTES THE VANGUARD OF CONSCIOUSNESS OF ARTWORKERS AND IT IS THEREFORE THE STANDARD BEARER AND SPOKESMAN FOR ALL ARTWORKERS.
  2. GROW !
    INCREASE SPHERE OF INFLUENCE AMONGST ARTWORKERS!
    ( Documenta 3 hearings; Artstudents participation; More committees) 
  3. EXPOSE !
    EXPOSE ROTTENNESS OF ARTWORLDMART ! STUDY DETAILS OF THE MESS !
    Artworkers want a non-stop campaign of pure exposure in all media:
    Artworkers demand legal investigations of artworldmart institutions and practices.
  4. SMASH !
    SMASH ART WORLDMART !
    Learn techniques of attack in the culture revolution. Conduct a non-stop campaign of attack on artworldmart.
    Disrupt and sabotage artworldmart. 
  5. DON'T COLLABORATE !
    ARTWORKERS DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ROTTEN ARTWORLDMART.
    Artworkers want no 'posts' in museums, artinstitutions, etc. Artworkers will not be coopted into the artestablishment. No aid from artworldmart institutions. No trade-union type of thing.
    Artworkers don't participate in museum-gallery-city sponsored exhibitions/manifestations.
    Artworkers must get ready to totally withdraw from commercial galleries and artworldmart publications-sales catalogues. Artworkers must commit themselves in writing to such withdrawal.
    Artworkers are set against divisive tactics - separating artists on the basis of race. Artworkers are against Black and Puerto Rican wings or special privilege in artworldmart institutions.
  6. ARTWORKERS RELATIONS TO MARKET.  
    ARTWORKERS COMMIT THEMSELVES TO STAY OUT OF THE ARTWORLDMART.
    Artworkers may sell to dealers, collectors, galleries, museums, but they must not loan works or enter into contractual agreements. 
    Artworkors do not become subservient to artworldmart individuals or organizations.
    Artworkers work towards the eventual disapearance of commercial galleries dealing in and manipulating contemporary art. 
  7. ALTERNATE INSTITUTIONS.  
    Artworkers are committed to live outside the artestablishment. Encourage institutions such as coop galleries, artists' shows in their studios, shows in public places.
  8. MUSEUMS.  
    Museums are to revert to their original role of guardians of past art and deceased artists. Museums must have no hand in art manipulation, establishing commercial values, trends, 'stars'.
  9. AWC SECRETARIAT.  
    Full time paid staff should be employed for office, communications work. 

Postscript: 

AWC will become more radical—right now, or else it will disappear—right now. 

It is last call to take sides: to either join the artworldestablishment fully, or to oppose and confront and attack it fully. Anything in between is a waste of time. 

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