Part 1: What do people want? -- America's most unwanted -- America's most wanted -- Blue landscapes, bewitching numbers, and the double life of jokes: An interview with Komar and Melamid -- Master questionnaire and poll results
Part 2: Vox pop: Notes on a public conversation / JoAnn Wypijewski
Part 3: Blue world order?: A post hoc statistical analysis of art preference surveys from ten countries / John Bunge and Adrienne Freeman-Gallant The paintings Can it be the "Most wanted painting" even if nobody wants it? / Arthur C. Danto
Beginning on December 10, 1993, trained professionals, working from a central, monitored location in Indiana on behalf of the Russian conceptual art team of Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, telephoned Americans to find out what they want in art--fine art, specifically painting. For eleven days the survey continued, as people throughout the forty-eight contiguous states pondered: soft curves or sharp angles? brushstrokes or smooth surfaces? "realistic-looking" or "different looking"? serious or festive? ...