The Art of Scent : 1889-2012 — Exhibition Review
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The Art of Scent : 1889-2012 — Exhibition Review

In 1917, a French American artist named Marcel Duchamp submitted a work of art he called “Fountain” to be exhibited at the first New York salon to be held by the Society of Independent Artists.  “Fountain” consisted of a porcelain urinal that Duchamp signed and dated with “R Mutt 1917.”  Needless to say it caused great scandal, and reverberations … Continue reading

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A Philosophy of Love: the Self and the Scented

“Does my heart move because I love someone who is an absolute singularity, or because I love the way someone is?”–Jacques Derrida When I was a teenager, there was a distinction between “love” (with a capital L) and “like.”  Love is something heavy, grown up, and slightly tortured, while like allowed you an out.  You … Continue reading

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Belle Haleine: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymade Perfume Bottle
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Belle Haleine: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymade Perfume Bottle

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. – Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was an artist known for his … Continue reading

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An Empty Bottle of Shalimar: The Art of Louise Bourgeois
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An Empty Bottle of Shalimar: The Art of Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois is undoubtedly one of the 20th Century’s most important artists.  She passed away in 2010 at the age of 98, leaving behind hundreds of drawings, objects, and sculptures that have captured the imagination of generations.  Bourgeois moved from her native town of Paris to New York in the 1940’s, shortly after she married … Continue reading

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