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Picasso’s oft quoted “Good artists borrow, great artists steal” is one of those dubious chestnuts likely repeated in the halls of art schools enough to be painted over the doors. William S Burroughs’ notion of language as a virus presupposes that nothing or little of what we say is original—everything starts out as a borrowing, a theft. Theft, forgery, fakery, authenticity, and homage underlie all art and literature, always softly shadowing their meaning and troubling their... [more]
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The Guggenheim’s Early Treasures at AGO   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso at Art Gallery of Ontario November 30th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2014
Posted 12/20/13
Before even getting to a description of this exhibition I am advising you to see it. At the risk of exposing my tastes as those of an old white man, “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918” curated by the Guggenheim’s Tracey Bashkoff and on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario until the 2nd of March, is among the best major museum shows I’ve seen in the past few years. Granted, I’m into the canon, and furthermore, the exhibition’s organizers began with a... [more]
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I Repeat   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marcel Duchamp at Miami Art Museum November 17th, 2011 - April 29th, 2012
Posted 1/30/12
Many of us think we know a thing or two about Marcel Duchamp. We have been studying his experiments for over a century and his work continues to influence artistic practice and critical inquiry. Currently on view at Miami Art Museum is a rare opportunity to get to know Duchamp more intimately. Rene Morales, Associate Curator at MAM, put together a generous display that takes a closer look at Duchamp’s editions, a body of work that remains a controversial and absorbing topic.For the Focus... [more]
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Camera as Co-Conspirator   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Eugène Atget, Herbert Bayer, Hans Bellmer, Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, David Goldblatt, Rachel Harrison, Hannah Höch, André Kertész, Bruce Nauman, Charles Nègre, Man Ray, Gillian Wearing, Fischli & Weiss, Hannah Wilke, Iwao Yamawaki at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) August 1st, 2010 - November 1st, 2010
Posted 8/15/10
        MoMA's "The Original Copy: Photography and Sculpture" in a way feels more like a free-for-all mash-up of associations and juxtapositions than a focused thesis, a stream of consciousness collection of various intersections of photography and sculpture.  There is a remarkable absence of a prescribed formulation to follow, and the subject is explored rather through various themes and practices, stirring groupings and somewhat abrupt shifts of logic.  This lack results not in a confused... [more]
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The Surreal House   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dali, Maya Deren, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Rebecca Horn, Edward Kienholz, Rem Koolhaas, René Magritte, Man Ray at Barbican Art Gallery June 10th, 2010 - September 12th, 2010
Posted 7/11/10
          'A means toward the total liberation of the mind and everything that resembles it.' Declaration of The Bureau of Surrealist Research, 27th January 1925. The way we live, the curious blurring of real circumstances with the flux of an internal world: of longings, dreams, and secret chambers. These fascinating lines of enquiry form the exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery, 'The Surrealist House' , curated by Jane Alison, Alona Pardo, Eleanor Nairne and Léa-Catherine Szacke. The... [more]
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The Big Questions   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Francis Alÿs, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Chan, Lygia Clark, Tony Conrad, Tacita Dean, Jason Dodge, Trisha Donnelly, Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, The Institute For Figuring, Ceal Floyer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roger Hiorns, Douglas Huebler, Pierre Huyghe, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Christine Kozlov, David Lamelas, Louise Lawler, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Mark Manders, Kris Martin, Steve McQueen, Helen Mirra, Catherine Murphy, Bruce Nauman, Rivane Neuenschwander, Claes Oldenburg, Roman Ondák, Giuseppe Penone, Susan Philipsz, Anthony Phillips, Adrian Piper, Steven Pippin, Charles Ray, Tobias Rehberger, Hannah Rickards, Arthur Russell, Michael Sailstorfer, Roman Signer, Simon Starling, John Stezaker, Mladen Stilinović, Sturtevant, Shomei Tomatsu at Walker Art Center April 24th, 2009 - September 27th, 2009
Posted 8/7/09
The theme of the Walker Art Center’s exhibition “The Quick and the Dead” got personal, quickly, when I observed that an On Kawara date painting near the entry was the same date as an uncle’s birthday. Made by Kawara to mark the passage of time, the ongoing series implies its own end in the artist’s death, just as birthdays imply to many of us that there are only so many left. This exhibition announces its’ intentions to examine The Big Questions of Life at the outset in the title, but... [more]
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Collage Abounds   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Ashbery, Nora Aslan, Wilhemina Barns-Graham, Ion Birladeanu, Nayland Blake, Ansuya Blom, Brice Brown, Jay Cloth, Bob Clyatt, Dan Coombs, Michael Cooper, Joseph Cornell, Robert Courtright, Matthew Cusick, Kate Davis, Ian Dawson, Jan Dibbets, John Digby, Godfried Donkor, Samantha Donnelly, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Dzama, India Evans, John Evans, Ginnie Gardiner, Gilbert & George, James Gobel, Al Hansen, David Harrison, Marcus Harvey, Addie Herder, Susan Hiller, Paul Hosking, David Huffman, Derek Jarman, John Jodzio, Jerry Jofen, Chantel Joffe, Cletus Johnson, Ray Johnson, Don Joint, Chris Kenny, Jiri Kolar, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Andrew Logan, Andrew Mania, Margaret Mellis, Salvatore Meo, Robert Motherwell, Avis Newman, Ben Nicholson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Betty Parsons, Grayson Perry, David Poppie, Mac Premo, Penny Rockwell, Jakob Roepke, Barbara Sandler, Roberta Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Dorothea Tanning, Maritta Tapanainen, Joe Tilson, Jacques Villegle, Mark Wagner, Andy Warhol, Dodi Wexler, C.K. Wilde, May Wilson, Trevor Winkfield at Fred [London] LTD August 6th, 2009 - September 27th, 2009
Posted 8/7/09
    I checked the new group show at Fred [London], Collage, London/New York, as it was being installed. There were some wonderful things spread about the gallery waiting to be hung. The opportunity to stage a major exhibition of collages arose from contact with Pavel Zubok Gallery, New York; a specialist collector with pieces ranging from Marcel Duchamp to Joseph Cornell (magician of mysterious and intricate cabinets). The survey includes over seventy artists drawn across generations from... [more]
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Gold-diggers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tonico Lemos Auad, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Isabelle Cornaro, Ligia Dias, Marcel Duchamp, Fang-Ntoumou, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, Isa Genzken, Fabrice Gygi, Mona Hatoum, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Jutta Koether, Sigmar Polke, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Wolfgang Tillmans, Danh Vo, Heimo Zobernig at Galerie Chantal Crousel February 21st, 2009 - April 11th, 2009
Posted 3/15/09
        Exhibition view Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn "I am very fond of gold, because it is symbolic.I look at gold in a disinterested way;Gold is like the sun, it is unalterable." Marcel Broodthaers "I believe enormously in eroticism, because it is something truly general throughout the world, something that everyone understands. It replaces, if you wish, what other Literary Schools call Symbolism, Romanticism. It could be another "ism", so to speak. I don't endow it with any... [more]
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Low Slow Life   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Altoon, Bob Arentz, Joseph Beuys, Stan Brakhage, Malcolm W. Browne, John Cage, Bruce Conner, Paul Cotton, Jay DeFeo, Marcel Duchamp, John Heartfield, Wally Hedrick, Mike Henderson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Allan Kaprow, Yves Klein, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Mallary, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Allan Midgette, Henry Moore, Saburo Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Al Payne, Raivo Puusemp, Kazuo Shiraga, Tony Smith, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Stan VanDerBeek, Irby Walton, Andy Warhol at CCA Wattis Institute February 7th, 2008 - April 12th, 2008
Posted 3/14/08
an exhibit curated by Paul McCarthy at the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts is billed as showcasing “a wide range of artists and artworks related to memories from McCarthy’s career.” In this sense, the result is very true to its word. Vitrines filled with ephemera from McCarthy’s own collection are scattered throughout the Wattis’s downstairs gallery. Included are record albums by Karlheinz Stockhausen, coffee-table size books on Happenings, and other tidbits of the post 1950s, pre... [more]
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