Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Baz Luhrmann, and Mercedes-Benz build an exclusive luxury resort/”ashram” in Miami Beach.
“I was into street racing when I was young,” Baldessari admits dryly. “Building cars, racing, working with people who could implement my ideas.” But when asked if he sees this kind of creation as a precursor to his work as an artist, he demurs. “I don’t think so. They’re separate things.” Though, he adds, “As a culture, we’re not fascinated by slowness. We’re fascinated by speed.”
“Artists operate from the inside out. More often, the artist will say, give people justice. They’ll say, we should give people who look different from us a voice. The artist will say, we’re the same. Because they think inside, and inside is where the answers fit.”