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“It is what it is. Or is it?” at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Marcel Duchamp’s readymades are an unmistakably radical gesture in the history of modern art. First produced in 1913, the readymades were, for the artist, “a form of denying the possibility of defining art.” Today, the readymade—as both an object and as an idea—has been so integrated into artistic strategy and discourse that the idea is a readymade itself. “It is what it is. Or is it?” attempts to recuperate a sense of the radicality of Duchamp’s gesture and to update dialogues around the notion of the readymade, thinking of them less as static objects than as active processes of articulating thought.  Artists today use the simple materiality and economy of means conveyed by the form to address a diversity of social, political, aesthetic, and temporal issues. It is what it is. Or is it? is organized by Dean Daderko, Curator at CAMH, and marks his curatorial debut at the Museum.


Participating artists include Ellen Altfest, Fayçal Baghriche, Bill Bollinger, Chto delat/What is to be done?, William Cordova, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Latifa Echakhch, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Claire Fontaine, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Hecker, Jamie Isenstein, Luis Jacob, Patrick Killoran, Jiri Kovanda, Klara Lidén, Catherine Murphy, and Pratchaya Phinthong.

at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), Texas

until July 29, 2012

Bill Bollinger, Evergreen Joe Hemmis, 1970/2011

William Cordova, laberintos (pa’ octavio paz y gaspar yanga), 2003-09

© William Cordova; Courtesy: Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Luis Jacob, Album VIII (detail), 2009

Courtesy: the artist and Birch Libralato, Toronto

Daphne Fitzpatrick, PROLONGING THE LIFE OF YOUR CHEESE, 2012

Courtesy: the artist and American Contemporary, New York

Rachel Hecker, Jesus #1 (Viggo Mortensen/Lord of the Rings), 2011

Courtesy: the artist and Texas Gallery, Houston

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autorretrato embarazado y mascando pepitas, 2012

Courtesy: the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Latifa Echakhch, Globus, 2007

Courtesy: the artist and Kamel Mennour

Claire Fontaine, Untitled (Prière de Toucher), 2011

Courtesy: the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Jamie Isenstein, Smoking Pipe, 2006

Courtesy: the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Klara Liden, 180? Wall Piece, 2012

Courtesy: the artist

Photo: Paul Hester

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