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Jake and Dinos Chapman

Paradise Row

On the one hand, these painted cardboard sculptures of animals, farm objects, and country scenes are exactly the kind of thing that gives contemporary art a bad name. With their sloppy brushwork in cheap poster paint, kitchen-table construction materials (tape, glue, cardboard boxes, and toilet-papertubes), and subject matter straight out of elementary school, these small sculptures seem to have been concocted just to elicit the usual “My kid brother could make that!” On the other hand, this was a highly crafted, old-fashioned art exhibition, with each work placed centrally on its own white plinth, just like a Giacometti or a Rodin. The sculptures evoke modernist masters: A goat, its rib cage, fanciful curl of horns, and expressive pointed face all made from carefully shaped pieces of cardboard and daubed in white paint, brought to mind Picasso’s She- Goat, 1950; black crows, hung from

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