(This interview is published in Metropolis M no. 1 - 2012)
Seth Siegelaub, who was one of the key figures in Conceptual Art during the sixties, withdrew from the New York art scene in the early seventies. In relative seclusion, he started collecting textiles – rugs, tapestries, fabrics, embroideries, even hats – from all corners of the world. Soon, part of his extensive collection will be shown in public for the first time.
Hard not to start with a cliché. Seth Siegelaub is known for his revolutionary work in showing and promoting Conceptual Art in the sixties and seventies. His gallery, Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art, which he opened after having worked at SculptureCenter in NY (‘yes, the same institution with the same name today, but then a far more conservative “garden sculpture” set-up’), was only operational from 1964 to 1966. After closing the gallery, (‘it was a boring experience, but probably necessary for my growing up’) he worked as an independent curator – or whatever it was called back then – organizing shows, projects and working closely with artists such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner. For some time now, he has been living in Amsterdam. There, he heads up the Stichting Egress Foundation, in which his passions for contemporary art, textile and critical theory converge.
Read Siegelaub's answer and the rest of the in-depth interview in Metropolis M, no. 1 - 2012.
Maxine Kopsa is associate editor of Metropolis M
Raven Row, London
1 March – 6 May