Liza Eliano and I stopped by Occupy Wall Street yesterday and we picked up a copy of the first edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. A four-page broadsheet, the back had a funny map marking that made us laugh out loud. “Art / Signs” are marked with a ♥ but Abstract Expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero‘s “Joie de Vivre” (2006?) is marked with the term “Weird Red Thing” — LOL!
When the sculpture was unveiled in 2006, di Suvero told the Downtown Express:
“It’s not an X,” the sculptor no less genially- explosively corrected this writer during a telephone interview. “There’s no X in it! It’s a series of tetrahedrons that are open at the ends. Yes, of course I call it a piece. A sculpture. Yes, of course it can be taken apart and put back together. That’s what’s unique about these pieces [his life’s work]: They can be disassembled.”
The newspaper goes on to explain how it came to settle in the park:
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The piece, the sculpture, “Joie de Vivre,” was given to New York City “by Aggie Gund and her husband” – Agnes Gund, president of the Museum of Modern Art, and lawyer husband Daniel Shapiro. Its earlier Manhattan location had been in Tribeca at the rotary of the Holland Tunnel.
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