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Haim Steinbach

Jay Gorney Modern Art

Haim Steinbach’s method of production keeps people talking a blue streak: how he buys things and displays them on shelves in the gallery space, and how if you buy one of them, the price of “the goods” is added to the price of “the work.” This often leads to an entertaining discussion as to what “the work” is: object or idea. Then there are the rumors about how Steinbach doesn’t even like to touch the pieces, relegating installation of them to just about anybody other than himself. And once issues of display, purchase, payment, and installation are out of the way, the discussion usually shifts to the issue of wear and tear: how will these boxed items and discarded shelves age in storage, or will they simply be forgotten there amongst so many other collectibles and throwaways? Steinbach’s best work seems to be about greater issues than flagrant consumerism or the semiotics of money; it hints

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