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Michael Brown

Yvon Lambert New York

Michael Brown’s apparently unassuming show looked at first like the contents of your kitchen closet, but on second glance was more corporate than that—you might well own the dustpan and brush, the brooms, or the mop, but you probably wouldn’t do your mopping with so large a bucket, and the desk chairs were strictly office-storeroom. What else? An electric floor fan, smacking of Home Depot; a well- used paintbrush, its handle smeared with white paint . . . nothing handsome or new, everything ostensibly not just store-bought and worn but low-functioning in the first place. Wondering what was interesting about these things, the viewer consulted the checklist and found that the paintbrush is titled Marvin Gaye (paint brush) (all works 2009); one of the chairs is Bob Dylan (chair), the other Neil Young (chair); one of the mops is named after Aretha Franklin, the other after David Bowie; and so

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