Cambios

He cambiado un cuadro en casa. Esto no sería noticia si no fuera porque servidora no tiene paredes. Aclararé que el cambio de elenco se ha producido en el cuarto de baño, que sí tiene paredes y hasta puerta, con un precioso picaporte de cristal tallado que me regaló mi amiga Aileen Passloff, y que pertenecía a una mansión neoyorquina de principios del siglo XX. La guerra que ha dado a veces el dichoso picaporte, pero ahora ya nos llevamos bien y no tenemos problemas de convivencia. Abre y cierra según lo acordado.

El cuadro que he retirado también me lo proporcionó Aileen. Ella fue quien me presentó hace muchos años a Peter Schumann, el artífice del Bread&Puppet, y él quien me regaló el Cheap Art Manifesto que me acompañaba desde hacía décadas. La compañía Bread&Puppet empezó haciendo marionetas gigantes -maravillosas- y terminaron con un teatro político de primera categoría. Después de los espectáculos, repartían pan con ajo -que preparaban ellos allí mismo- entre el público y adoctrinaban a quien se dejaba. Están instalados en Vermont y aconsejo a quien pueda que no se lo pierda si tiene ocasión. Es toda una experiencia.

El caso es que el Cheap Art Manifesto, con sus tipografías irregulares y sus mensajes del tipo “Art soothes pain. Art wakes up sleepers. Art fights against war and stupidity. Art is like green trees. Art is like white clouds in blue sky. Art is cheap. Hurrah!”, ha sido sustituído por otro cuadrito que me acabo de traer del MoMA de Nueva York, y que firma Ad Reinhardt.

Mi nuevo compañero de ducha dice “Art is Art. Everything else is everything else”. Me voy simplificando con los años, parece. Qué alivio.

I changed a picture at home. It’s an amazing event because my apartment has no walls at all. I have to admit that the change of casting was made in the bathroom, the only place in the house with four walls, a door and a wonderful handle. This door handle was a gift of my friend Aileen Passloff, and belonged to a very old New York mansion from the early twentieth century.  The relationship between the door handle and me has been quite difficult through the years, but we don’t have problems living together anymore. It opens and closes as we both agreed.

Aileen also gave me the picture I have removed. It was her who introduced me many years ago to Peter Schumann, the architect of Bread & Puppet, and he gave me the Cheap Art Manifesto that I kept for decades. The Bread & Puppet Company began making giant wonderful puppets and ended with a first-rate political theater. After the shows, the artists hand out bread with garlic -cooked by themselves right there- and indoctrinate the audience, if possible. They are settled in Vermont and I advise anyone to meet them if there is a chance. It’s a great experience.

Anyway, the Cheap Art Manifesto, with irregular fonts and messages such as “Art soothes pain. Art wakes up sleepers. Art fights against war and stupidity. Art is like green trees. Art is like white clouds in blue sky. Art is cheap. Hurrah!” has been replaced by another picture that I just brought from New York’s MoMA, signed by Ad Reinhardt.

My new shower buddy says “Art is Art. Everything else is everything else.” I’m simplifying my mind through the years, I guess. That’s good.

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