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When Hans Ulrich Obrist Met Kanye

(Courtesy Instagram)

(Courtesy Instagram)

If you follow the curator extraordinaire Hans Ulrich Obrist on Instagram you know that his shtick mainly consists of asking famous artists to write mission statement-y affirmations on a piece of paper, which he then photographs (e.g. “We are what?” —Paul McCarthy). His latest catch is none other than America’s most uncontroversial pop figure: Kanye West.

You can see what Mr. West wrote to the left. The sentiment mirrors something he recently told The New York Times in a major interview: “I love the fact that I’m bad at [things], you know what I’m saying? I’m forever the 35-year-old 5-year-old. I’m forever the 5-year-old of something.”

“What a meeting of kings that must have been,” wrote a colleague of mine on Gchat, when I showed it to him. Hopefully it will lead to some kind of guest vocals on the next album, or possibly a romance with a Kardashian sister.

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