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on 19 January 1999
This book is the catalogue for a recent exhibition on the intersection of the works of Duchamp and Cornell, specifically the "Duchamp Dossier," a peculiar collection of art and trash that Cornell kept on a shelf in his house. As it was not discovered until after his death, one can only guess whether he considered it an art piece, though he was known for compiling such "explorations," as he called them, throughout his life. The book contains a large number of beautiful color plates of both artists' work--though most of Duchamp's major pieces are not reproduced (I know relatively little about Cornell, and so I cannot say if his plates are comprehensive). The accompanying texts are not dense critiques but, for the most part, anecdotal narratives with the occasional interpretive aside. For such a large book it was a fast read, and very entertaining. The two artists in question are visual poets rather than painters per se, and the similarities between several of their works are fascinating, considering their very different lifestyles and personalities. Worth buying if you are a Duchamp fanatic like myself, especially for the images.