Laurie Anderson

1947 (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) –

Anderson’s quirky wry multimedia works make her a notable, if unclassifiable, cultural presence. Andre, LeWitt and Danto all taught her. Glass, Brown and Matta-Clark (whom she found entrancing) were part of the same loose New York gang of artists, dancers and musicians. She performed with Burroughs and Giorno, wrote music for Gray, interviewed Cage and was struck by Acconci’s emotional intensity. Paik, Sakamoto and Eno count among her collaborators (many equally friends). She first met Wenders by chance in an airport, and Abramovic naked in a doorway. Pynchon, reclusive, permitted an opera based on ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, but stipulated banjo alone.

Laurie Anderson knew…