April 7th, 2009

Chris Keeley

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Face Value
At Portrait Gallery, Duchamp's Teasing Puzzles of Identity

By Blake Gopnik
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 7, 2009; C01

Marcel Duchamp with two faces in a self-portrait double-exposed photograph by Victor Obsatz in 1953.


Who is Marcel Duchamp? He's the man who, in 1912, made the masterpiece of modern painting titled "Nude Descending the Staircase, No. 2." Except when he's the virulently anti-painting guy who, just five years later, took a standard urinal and declared it to be a work of art.

Duchamp is the entirely cerebral genius who just about abandoned art in favor of chess. Except when he's the aging letch who worked in secret on "Etant Donnés," a laboriously crafted peep show that's far too crude for us to present in this paper.

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Chris Keeley

black sites

Forthcoming in the April 30, 2009 issue

The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means
By Mark Danner
Torture is more than a repugnant series of "procedures" applied to the fourteen "high-value detainees" at "black site" CIA prisons—procedures described with chilling and patient particularity in this authoritative report. Torture is a critical issue in the present of our politics. By torturing, the United States has wounded itself and helped its enemies in what is inherently a political war. And by torturing prisoners, many of whom were implicated in committing great crimes against Americans, the United States has made it impossible to render justice on those criminals.

    * Download the text of the ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody
    * US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites (April 9, 2009