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China Cabinet

Theaster Gates
Installation view of THEASTER GATES’s Corpus, 2021, high fired stoneware with glaze, dimensions variable, at “China Cabinet,” Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai, 2021. Photo by Alessandro Wang. Courtesy the artist and Fondazione Prada, Milan.

At William Copley’s exhibition opening in Paris in 1953, visitors were handed a candy as they entered. Printed on the inside of the wrapper was “A Guest + A Host = A Ghost”—one of Marcel Duchamp’s petits jeu de mots. There were several layers of meaning to Duchamp’s candy wrapper, the most literal being that the ghost refers

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