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“The Return of the Cadavre Exquis

The Drawing Center

Rarely does the firstborn name its parents, but when the Surrealists first played a sort of parlor game in 1925, it resulted in the sentence “The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine,” and ever since the game has been known as the Cadavre Exquis. In the game, a piece of paper is folded into as many segments as there are players (usually three or four); the first player writes or draws something on the first section, which is then hidden in a fold as the second player adds something to the next section, and so on; until the “corpse” is complete, none of the players is to have a knowledge of the whole. “The Return of the Cadavre Exquis” demonstrates that new wine must generally be good for cadavers, as a veritable Who’s Who of over 1,200 contemporary artists participated in the benefit exhibition (initiated by curator Ingrid Schaffner and artists Kim Jones and Leonard Titzer) to produce

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