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In 1960 George Heard Hamilton published the first complete typographic translation of Duchamp's "Green Box" in English. Hinge Pictures is an artist's book in eight parts – a gorgeous, palimpsestual publication that layers the practices of Sarah Crowner, Julia Dault, Leslie Hewitt, Tomashi Jackson, Erin Shirreff, Ulla von Brandenburg, Adriana Varejao and Claudia Wieser over the pages of Duchamp's imagination. It is also a companion publication to an exhibition in eight parts, a confrontation with the patrimony of European modernism. A literal reading of Duchamp positions The Bride, a nude woman, suspended above a host of ogling bachelors. In his writing, Duchamp narrates both social and physical constraint ("The Bride accepts this stripping...") and formal liberation ("discover true form...develop the principle of the hinge".). The artists of "Hinge Pictures" use formal constraint -- a commitment to abstraction -- in a demonstration of social liberation. With a Swiss binding that unveils the spine of the book and multiple vellum overlays that create layered interlocutions, the book's physical qualities mirror its conceptual occupations.
ISBN 9781938221224. Siglio/Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.