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Centuries Before Duchamp, Spanish King Elevated Chess Strategy to Occult Art
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-02-11
The deep affinity between chess and Marcel Duchamp is well known. It's not only that picture of him playing with a nude Eve Babitz, or the striking, abstract set he designed with his friend Man Ray, or even his official decision to abandon art production for a period of 20 years whilst cultivati ...more

How to Buy a Lawrence Weiner
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 06-30-11
If Hannah Weiner wrote a poetics that bore witness to a her schizophrenic environment, a spectacle of linguistic topologies, Lawrence Weiner—member of the Postminimalist Conceptualism movement from the 1960s with others including artists Robert Barry and Sol LeWitt—actively constructs hi ...more

Sometimes Conceptualist Photographer Jeff Wall Charted Crooked Path Past Duchamp
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-30-11
Today among the most prominent photographers exhibiting in the world, Jeff Wall has navigated a complex route towards the goal of making large-scale photography safe for top art museums. Along the way he has incorporated influences from classic photography (portraiture, documentary, photo-essay) ...more

An Epitaph for Immortality: Dali on Potsdamer Platz
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-28-11
After crumpling up that poster of The Persistence of Memory for post-college interior redecoration, the specter of an anti-Salvador Dali backlash presents itself. It's all too easy to decide that the wax-mustachioed Spanish showman was a commercial, cliched hype-machine and somehow your adolesce ...more

Virtual Duchamp and The Paradox of Art Spaces
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-26-11
Earlier this month I wrote about the journalist Yoav Sivan, who submitted a Duchampesque art concept to the Columbia Arts Initiative exhibition at Lincoln Center: calling his work "The Restroom of King Francis," he proposed to build a replica of the Louvre hall that contains the Mona Lis ...more

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