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Devon Dikeou’s "It’s Déjà vu All Over Again" at 179 Canal Street, installation view
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WISH YOU WERE HERE
by Elisabeth Kley



Originally a jewelry store and diamond exchange, Margaret Lee’s second-floor Chinatown project space at 179 Canal Street is already a fascinating readymade. With its dark green stone-tile floors, some rather cheesy crystal light fixtures and a heavy metal safe, the setting is perfect for Devon Dikeou’s"It’s Déjà vu All Over Again," a witty retrospective of artworks first made between 1991 and 2007. Appearing in their latest incarnations, they act out a Duchampian masquerade that touches on labor and commerce, two central conditions of art that are often overlooked.

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