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Guy Richards Smit, The Jonathan Grossmalerman Comedy Series, 1996-1999 (video still)
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by Charlie Finch

If there were as many memorable paintings done over the last 50 years as there have been allegedly memorable pieces of performance art, people would have stopped making paintings in 1985. Gilbert and George's Singing Sculpture set the standard, because it was wry and fey and humorous, and 35 years later not a single piece of performance art has had anything humorous about it.


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