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Toland Grinnell

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Toland Grinnell is unapologetically aspiring to the condition of fashion. The young artist has gone from using Samsonite suitcases as quirky unfolding Duchampian constructions to designing and fabricating his own “line” of traveling trunks worthy of Louis Vuitton. For his first New York show in two years, Grinnell presented a thirty-four-piece set of these cases, collectively titled Pied-à-terre, 2001-2002—aligning himself with the creation and advertising of exquisite and pricey commodities and the desires of a consumer population. He even “branded” himself, adorning each of his objects with a gleaming logo: an overlapping T and G in gold that was meant to be as recognizable as the coveted and venerable Vuitton LV or Hermès orange. This work insists that making a piece of art should be like making a luxury item. Looking at art isn't far from shopping: You go for what you like—those

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