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Michelle Grabner, Untitled, 2014, enamel on canvas over panel, 30 × 30 × 1 3/4".

Michelle Grabner

James Cohan Gallery | Chelsea

Michelle Grabner, Untitled, 2014, enamel on canvas over panel, 30 × 30 × 1 3/4".

“The great artist of tomorrow will go underground,” Marcel Duchamp predicted. And how much farther underground can the artist go than adopting the guise of a midwestern suburban housewife? As Thierry de Duve recently pointed out in these pages, the fundamental upshot of Duchamp’s work is not that anything can be an art object but that anyone can be an artist. But are we willing to accept that? Nearly a century after Fountain, Michelle Grabner has proved that the answer is no—some of us are not willing to accept that anyone can be an artist, especially if the person is or appears to be middle-class and female. By including in her recent New York show the video A Few Minutes with . . . Michelle Grabner, 2014, a brief profile by David Robbins, the artist set out the bait that an unwary New York Times critic took with unseemly relish. Robbins, of course, is the Milwaukee-based

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