I have been researching the Danish artist Asger Jorn this evening.
I saw many of his paintings in Norway, when I was on vacation last month, and realized I did not know enough about Mister Jorn even though I have always really liked his paintings when I have come across them at various museums.

I just found this tidbit of information on Wikipedia:
In 1964 Jorn was awarded a Guggenheim Award, his response, via telegram from Denmark, was:

GO TO HELL BASTARD—STOP—REFUSE PRIZE—STOP—NEVER ASKED FOR IT—STOP—AGAINST ALL DECENCY MIX ARTIST AGAINST HIS WILL IN YOUR PUBLICITY—STOP—I WANT PUBLIC CONFIRMATION NOT TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN YOUR RIDICULOUS GAME.

I wonder how many artists would refuse a Guggenheim (or any grant) in 2013?

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