Galerie Micheline Szwajcer

Curiosität” (Curiosity), a remarkable group show curated by the French artist François Curlet, was an examination of the curio—an object considered novel, rare, or bizarre. Entering the exhibition, one got to the heart of the matter right away, passing through a door whose frame was a large replica of a zipper. This was Michelle Naismith’s Portable Liberator, 2008, just one of the many oddities in store. In the initial room, in a display case to the right, appeared two works by two pairs of artists. The first, Patrice Gaillard & Claude’s Untitled, 2008, consisted of a simple disc of transparent glass whose reverse side had been painted black. Not only was the function of this obscure object impossible to determine; even its aesthetic status seemed in question. But it was precisely this sophisticated absurdity that gave the piece its flavor in this context. The second work, by the

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