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A Touch of Crass

by Simon Winchester

•VITO ACCONCI, still from Openings (December 1970) Super 8 Film, color, silent. 15 minutes. The films opens with a close-up on the artist's stomach, Covered with hair. The frame is "gradually cleared" as the artist pulls out the hair from his navel. Home Made Movies, Anthology Film Archives, New York, June 1981. (cat.) Courtesy Acconci Studio. •

The other day I happened into a pleasant-looking building on the south side of Piccadilly, between Hatchard's bookshop and St. James's Church, to see a rather curious video. It

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