Record Machine: Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance) by Marcel Dzama

Enclosed with The Believer Magazine’s 2014 Music Issue was a seven-inch record produced to coincide with a film by the same name: Une Danse Des Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance) by Marcel Dzama. The film will have its American premiere in September as a solo exhibition at New York’s David Zwirner Gallery, and this four song soundtrack makes me crave more.

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What’s the Deal With the Urinal in the Middle of the Art Gallery?

If I had to choose one piece of art that has gotten the most grief over the course of its existence for not being art, it is Duchamp’s Fountain. I know. It’s a urinal. It’s not even a decorated handcrafted urinal. It’s a plain old urinal from a hardware store tipped on its side and signed R. Mutt, 1917. Why on earth are there editions of this thing in respectable art galleries? Why is this thing in the canon of Modern Art? Read More What’s the Deal With the Urinal in the Middle of the Art Gallery?