[Editor’s note: Are you having trouble understanding artists through their art? Understand them through their STUFF instead. Art history never elucidates the importance of the artist’s dual role as creator and person who owns STUFF, even though STUFF is important: it’s what accumulates when you make decisions. Owning someone’s STUFF helps you channel their spirit and personal brand. This is our tribute to STUFF. From books, to art works, to phony iPads, these lists will contain both the common and the strange. This week we bring you a very personal list from artist and writer Walter Robinson!]
Pile of Unread Magazines
My t-shirts, especially concert tees (like Jon Bon Jovi, yeah!) or places I’ve been (Ocean Grove, Delhi, N.Y.). I used to have one commemorating Pope John Paul’s visit to NYC, but now it’s worn out and I can’t remember the date.
Healthy Lunch packed with love
1st Century AD Roman Erotica
1st century AD Roman erotica, perhaps an oil lamp fragment, that’s not really mine since I bought it as an anniversary present. Whereas the antique is thought of as classical, time’s ravages have made this expressionist.
Studio and Ford Escort
Buddha head – my third wife was divorcing me, and one day while I was at work she came into the apartment and took almost everything. After I got over the shock, I looked around and realized that I had basically stepped aside and let her decorate the house (while I paid the bills). I didn’t have any “stuff” of my own – at least none of the collectible knickknacks that decorate most people’s homes. So I went to a SoHo import shop and got a silver Buddha head. A sign of my serenity.
Antonia’s “Art Ball”
iPhone and Mobile life
Walter Robinson is an art critic who was founding editor of Artnet Magazine (1996-2012), and who also served as art editor of the East Village Eye (1983-85) and as a contributor to Art in America (1980-1996). During 1973-77 he co-published and co-edited Art-Rite magazine. He is the author of Instant Art History (Ballantine, 1995).