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Dollar Store Project Pays Tribute to the Readymade in Texas
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-25-11
When Duchamp's confederate wrote in defense of Fountain that the only works of art America had given the world were its plumbing and its bridges, she might have been remiss not to mention the Dollar Store. This mini-mall staple is a bona-fide USA original: no other culture could have spawned the ge ...more

Augmented Reality Fertile Ground for Contemporary Surreal?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-23-11
Wired magazine's"Beyond the Beyond" blog has kept up a fairly good tally of forays into Augmented Reality, meaning technology-aided fusions of our virtual and terrestrial worlds. Past entries have included a "Top Owl" helmet offering synthetic digital visual aids for pilots, a ...more

The Color of Dreams
By Carol Berens
posted: 06-20-11
There is something about surrealism that inspires people to cast off their inhibitions, act out their dreams and fantasies, play with words, and invent bad puns. That is exactly what the organizers of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s major summer show, The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist ...more

Duchamp Mix Tape
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-20-11
McSweeney's Internet Tendency just published, as is their wont, an entire biography of Marcel Duchamp made only of pop single titles. (I'm listening to it now on Grooveshark.) How many of the references do you get? (By Dorothy Gambrell) Side A “Parisian,” Brent’s TV “Ho ...more

The Assemblage Alive and Well in, For Example, Virginia
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-19-11
Assemblage, or sculptural construction utilizing found or mixed materials, was one of the most radical genres invented by the early 20th Century Avant-Gardes. It became a staple of the output of such figures as Marcel Duchamp, Dada's Raoul Haussman, the Constructivist Vladmir Tatlin, and the America ...more

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