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Marcel Duchamp
Clémence
1910
oil on canvas, 24 x ca. 20 in.
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Artnet News


July 18, 2005

GET IT IN WRITING: A CAUTIONARY TALE
Any chronicle of the art market would contain a wealth of cautionary tales, including several with the familiar moral, "Get it in writing!" The maxim is roundly endorsed by Francis M. Naumann, the Duchamp scholar who in 2001 opened his own gallery on the top floor of the Fine Arts Building on East 80th Street in Manhattan, which is also home to the gallery of Naumann’s identical twin, the Old Master dealer Otto Naumann. In his gallery, Francis Naumann has specialized in contemporary and modern works -- he has put on exhibitions of paintings by Sophie Matisse and Damien Elwes, and recently showed a group of sketchbook drawings by Joan Mitchell.

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