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    CADEAU DE SÉPARATION

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    CADEAU DE SÉPARATION

    Man Ray, Cadeau, 1921. © Man Ray Trust. Courtesy Roland Penrose Estate, 2013. The Penrose Collection. The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers. – Man Ray “How can anyone hope to order the chaos which constitutes that infinite, formless variation – man?” asked Dada frontman Tristan Tzara in 1918. Someone …

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    CE QUI MANQUE À NOUS TOUS

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    CE QUI MANQUE À NOUS TOUS

    We are all looking for magic. We all need to feel we are under a spell and one day a wand will be waved and the princes that we truly feel ourselves to be will start forth at last from the tattered shapeless smocks. But indeed we have to wave the wand for ourself. If …

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    THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY

    Robert Frank, Parade – Hoboken, 1955. © Robert Frank/Fotomuseum Winterthur. A continent is spanned, but its life compressed into a single grief. – Tod Papageorge on Robert Frank’s The Americans (1958) All gods were dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken. So another war was called for. “I imagine that one of the …

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    THE POLYGLOTS

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    THE POLYGLOTS

    Life is full of chip love, strewn with abortive romances, of glances exchanged in a railway carriage that must die premature deaths because at this junction or that our trains take us asunder; because we had met a little too early or else a little too late, or not perhaps in just the right place. …

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    DRINKING ELECTRICITY

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    DRINKING ELECTRICITY

    Francis Picabia, Prenez garde à la peinture, 1916. © Francis Picabia. In the literature, paintings, and press of the 19th-century Paris, the creature most often compared with the ballerina was the racehorse; like racehorses ballerinas were animal machines – fleet, swift, smooth. In the 20th century, dancers became automobiles: driven, motorised, mechanised. In the transition …

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    ROGER TAKES PICTURES FOR ROGER

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    ROGER TAKES PICTURES FOR ROGER

    © Roger Ballen, Take Off/Asylum of the Birds, 2012. Courtesy PUG, Oslo. You see, not so easy, huh? Takes a lot of steps, a lot of steps. So now you found something you like, so what’s so great about that? You’ve seen it all before. Why is it a special moment? Why is it different …

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    BEHOLD, THIS DREAMER COMETH

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    BEHOLD, THIS DREAMER COMETH

    and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said …

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    MON BEAU CHAPEAU

    TINTIN TÔRNCRANTZ

    MON BEAU CHAPEAU

    A customer asks a gentleman in a London hat shop if he would kindly present him with a cluster of hats from which to choose the very right one. The gentleman thinks for a moment and then returns with only one article, which he decorously hands the customer with the words: “Sir, this is the …