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    23. Graduate Seminar

    By Dennis Cooper

    Artist: . . . and that’s a work on paper entitled Mirror Not Mirror from my recent show at Hilton Perreault Gallery. Any questions?

    Art student: I wonder if you would mind talking about your older work, especially Railroad Tie (1972)?

    Artist: Do I mind? Yes. Do I know it’s expected of me? Yes. Switch to slide tray number two, please.

    Art student: I know you must be tired of talking about Railroad Tie, but, speaking as an aspiring artist, it changed my life, so—

    Artist: Yes, I’m sure it did. Changed mine as well, as you are no doubt aware. Please show the first slide.

    Artist: That’s Ty Wilson, need I say, who, according to the history books, collaborated with me on Railroad Tie, and who is now of course very famous, more famous in fact than myself, even though he never made a single artwork on his own and did nothing with regards to Railroad Tie apart from appearing in it. . . . Read More.

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