“Rugs,” 1972

Written by Amy Goldin in 1972, this short essay entitled “Rugs” was never published.  Here is an excerpt:

If you have more than 30 seconds for aesthetic contemplation, it’s got to be rugs. Anything else is too uncomfortable. […] I have a coarse Caucasian kelim, unbelievably gay, clearly made by some irresponsible Nomad family on relief. It’s a tent door and made in two halves, one side a good8 incheslonger than the other. You can see where each idiot child took up the work in turn, drunk on camel urine, playing hopscotch with the wools. The Jukes and Kallikaks of the tribe no doubt snickering at the design. At ascent of huge vaginal diamonds, obscenely split up the middle, rimmed with a million fingers turning one way and another the whole crazy trip.

Amy Goldin, “Morris Louis: Thinking the Unwordable,” Art News, April 1968
Amy Goldin, “The Sculpture of George Sugarman,” Arts Magazine, June 1966
Amy Goldin, “The Esthetic Ghetto: Some Thoughts about Public Art,” May/June 1974