The Patron Saint of Readymades Strikes Again

posted: 08-05-10
Claire Fontaine, Untitled (detail)
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Duchamp is invoked in reviews of Paris artist Claire Fontaine's new show in Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art. Like Duchamp, Fontaine enjoys the juxtaposition (and subtle manipulation) of everyday objects to create unique assemblies: stuffed tennis balls, bricks concealed in book jackets, coins with hidden blades.

The secret violence lurking the mundane is an omnipresent theme for Fontaine. By contrast, Duchamp's premonition of a broken arm in the form of a snow shovel seems almost innocent of both menace and overt didactic intent. Either way, once the tennis balls get into the museum, they lose their bounce.

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