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Elmgreen & Dragset, Untitled (Morgue), 2011, mixed media, 11' 3” × 15' × 7' 1 3/4”.

Elmgreen & Dragset

The Flag Art Foundation

Elmgreen & Dragset, Untitled (Morgue), 2011, mixed media, 11' 3” × 15' × 7' 1 3/4”.

Across twenty-odd years of collaboration, the artist team of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have created a rangy, often memorable body of sculptural and installation work that oscillates—perhaps too freely for some tastes—between the melancholic and the glib, the subtle and the slapstick. All in all, they’re probably better known for the latter than for the former: for works such as Prada Marfa, 2005, their winking dig at the cultural gentrification of the art-saturated West Texas town, or Van Gogh’s Ear, 2016, a charmingish public-art non sequitur—amputated body part as modernist swimming pool—that spent the summer decorating a plaza at New York’s Rockefeller Center. But even when they dig deeper—into their favored territory around the conditions of institutional and personal identity, of sexuality and mortality—they’re not above resorting to

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