Beyond Nude Chess: Eve Babitz Embodied Bygone L.A.
By Lucy Li
posted: 07-07-11
The photograph of Marcel Duchamp playing chess with a nude Eve Babitz has become one of most iconic images of the French artist. In a gallery filled with his works, a well-dressed, gentle-looking Marcel sits opposite a young, voluptuous woman. Her face retreats behind her bangs but her posture ...more

Eye Drawing: Paysant's Art Comes Directly From the Head
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-06-11
Bypassing the question of the technical skill of the artist was a long-standing target of the Dada and Surrealist movements, from Jean Arp's stochastic collages to Duchamp's readymades, to the "automatic drawing machines" constructed by Jean Tinguely. Perhaps ironically (though perhaps sui ...more

Lee Miller: More than a Muse
By Jordan Baum
posted: 07-05-11
The new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, titled “Man Ray / Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism,” showcases the long and complicated relationship between the two avant-garde artists. Bringing together the work of Ray, Miller and others from their close circle in an inter ...more

Games, Continued
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-04-11
"Games, which as operations are disjunctive, because they produce differentiating events, give rise to spaces where moves are proportional to situations. From the game of chess, an aristocratic form of the "art of war" which came from China and was brought by the Arabs into medieval W ...more

The Quotable Avant-Garde: On (Duchamp) Games and Pataphysics
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-03-11
  "The game is the Pataphysical overture to the world. The realisation of such games is the creation of situations. A crisis therefore exists, caused by the crucial problem which each Pataphysical adept must resolve: s/he must either apply the situlogic method and attack the condition ...more

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