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Hard Day’s Night

BY Ingrid Dudek

LIBRARY (detail), 2015, 10,000 books, 25 bookshelves, 95 x 220 x 25 cm, installed for “Polit-Sheer-Form!” at Queens Museum, New York, 2014–15. 

Unless otherwise stated, all photos courtesy the artists and Mabsociety, Shanghai.

Hanging over the entrance of the Queens Museum in New York City through the winter was the enigmatic, drolly cultish portrait of an unnamed male figure: expressionless, hair fastidiously parted, white shirt crisp and plain as a missionary’s. Sartorially peculiar, gaze direct and yet blank, he invokes at once the blunt imagery of…

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