Tuesday, 4 October 2011

I DONT WANT NO RETRO SPECTIVE....




Ruscha presented I Don't Want No Retro Spective to his friend Bud Cort following Cort’s near-death accident on the Hollywood Freeway in 1979. Ruscha gave the work to the actor on his hospital bed, yet the phrase depicted, 'I Don't Want No Retro Spective,' goes back several years earlier, when the pair was having dinner together at a Los Angeles restaurant. As Cort recalls, Ruscha had just returned from a show in Switzerland where he had mentioned that he had come across a theatre that was screening three of Bud's films - Brewster McCloud, Harold and Maude and Why Shoot the Teacher? - and referred to it as somewhat of a 'Cort retrospective'. In response, the actor paused then proclaimed, “I don't want no retro spective”. Ruscha found this statement so amusing that he decided to memorialize it in one of his works, waiting for the appropriate moment to surprise Mr. Cort......


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