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Marcel Duchamp's Etant Donnes (1946-66), installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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The Tease Continues
by Charlie Finch


In an age when nothing is seemingly forbidden and everything is on the table, the last frontier of the verboten is the tease of death.

A typical example is Werner Herzog’s new movie, Grizzly Man, in which the savage, bone-crunching murder of grizzly lover Timothy Treadwell and his unfortunate girlfriend is caught on the audio part of a videotape. In the film, director Herzog is depicted listening to the tape with one of Treadwell’s friends, all the while admonishing his viewers that the recording is too gruesome to hear, thus titillating us even further.

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