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Don Celender

O. K. Harris Gallery

Don Celender is a spoofing quasi-Conceptualist who uses art-world figures and foibles as his subject—and target. Much of his “oeuvre” belongs to the Mail Art genre—the “documentary” branch, not the larger funk/junk division of the esthetic postal service. A recent prank involved correspondence with various categories of notables—corporation presidents, congressmen, etc.—proposing preposterous projects and publishing their replies along with his letters.

Other works include baseball cards with art-world faces superimposed on them, published results of an art-world “Olympics”—best-looking critic, richest artist, biggest gallery, etc., and a multiple-choice art history exam for museum directors, collectors and dealers (Which part of Watson’s anatomy was devoured by the shark in Copley’s Watson and the Shark? a) right leg; b) left leg; c) right arm; d) left arm; e) most of the above). Though

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