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Before (right) and after photographs of Richard Phillips’ Der Bodensee (2008) at the artist’s studio
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by Walter Robinson

In art as in life, everything turns into its opposite. New gets old, low becomes high, simple turns out to be complicated. Marcel Duchamp’s famous Bottle Rack began life in 1914 as an unremarkable object of everyday manufacture only to become an emblem of a new esthetic. A more recent example is Sol LeWitt, who started out with Sentences on Conceptual Art and ended up as the most successful stripe painter of his day.