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John M(ichael) Armleder
Don't do it! (Readymades of the 20th Century) F.S. (Furnitures Sculptures), 1997/2000

In his paintings, objects, installations, sculptures, etc., John M. Armleder looks into the styles, dogmas and -isms of 20th Century art by paraphrasing, destroying and redefining them all at the same time. Don’t do it! combines the most famous ready-mades, from Duchamp’s Urinoir (1917) via Warhol’s soap powder boxes and Beuys’ felt rolls (around 1960) through to Tiravanija’s teabag (1998) – but all of them as new, fresh-from-the-market acquisitions. Don’t do it! is a double farewell to the concept of the original in art: in the course of time, the ready-made, which was to destroy the aura of the artistic original and the associated ideals and utopias, has risen to the status of an icon itself. Armleder’s sculpture tears down the ready-made from its pedestal for a second time to move the essential and the truly ‘original’ artistic approach into the focus.

John M(ichael) Armleder

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