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1000 WORDS: HENRIK OLESEN

IMAGINE A PECULIAR, ERSATZ VERSION of the censoriously right-wing British newspaper the Daily Mail: Alongside pedestrian stories on pension funds and gossip items about Jude Law, one finds conspicuously incongruous features on Édouard Manet’s lesbian muse and cross-dressing in colonial America. In fact, Berlin-based artist Henrik Olesen has shown us just what such a cheek-by-jowl pastiche would look like. Called Manipulating Media, 2002, the work also defaced headlines with agitprop statistics such as “The USA currently imprisons two million of its citizens,” lifted from sources including Noam Chomsky and Zygmunt Bauman. Such tactics of seditious insertion have now become Olesen’s calling card. Take 1935 1922 and Anthologie de l’amour sublime, both 2003, for which the artist shoehorned photographs of sadomasochistic gay sex and drawings by Tom of Finland into Max Ernst’s already subversively

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