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In 1905, the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz opened his first art gallery at 291 5th Avenue in NYC. In 1917, the building on E.31st. Street that housed the gallery was demolished. Today, all that remains are the diurnal descendants of clouds that once posed for the camera of Stieglitz over the ghost of "291" that was the gateway to America for European modern art and artist such as the French Dada/Surrealist Marcel Duchamp who smashed the Victorian boundaries as to what was acceptable by those in the institutions of academia in America by using any object to raise it to the level of a work of art by changing its name and calling it ready-made
  • 4 Oct 2007
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