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CASE STUDY

Objectification

BY Chin-Chin Yap

Form or function? The difference comes at a value-added price
EYAL BURSTEIN, Tax Bench, 2012, acrylic, commissioned for Swarovski Crystal Palace. Copyright James Harris. Courtesy Swarovski Crystal Business, London.

Is it a chair or a sculpture? The challenge of how to categorize works of design—functional objects with artistic elements—is not just a philosophical riddle. The ontological query was first posed by Joseph Kosuth in his seminal work One and Three Chairs (1965), which featured a life-size photograph of a chair alongside a real chair, as well as a copy

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