Wednesday, January 31, 2007

You Write Too Long: This Week's Cover Story Bite-Sized

Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 3:27 PM

This week, "Artists, Inc.": Performance artists do crazy things and call it Art. Andy Kaufman got himself beat up by women wrestlers. Two people spent a full year tied together with rope. By comparison, Sean Fletcher and his wife Isabel Reichert merely made their conceptual art team, Death & Taxes Inc., into a corporate entity overseen by a board of directors composed of their friends, who must approve (or not) of the couple's every financial move. So everything Reichert and Fletcher did, like shopping for socks or going out to dinner or hiring a paparazzo to "stalk" them or attempting to sell the naming rights of their daughter, became part of a round-the-clock performance of "Life Art." The corporation didn't do too well. Maybe it's the time clock they installed to "clock in" after they came home from their day jobs. Or the jokes about their lives being outsourced to India. By golly, what will these wacky artists think of next? Next to them Exxon-Mobil doesn't seem quite so sinister after all. Read all about it in Will Harper's swan song as an Express staff writer. Kelly Vance

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