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With his Ultimate Art Furniture, Constantin Boym uses the painted canvas—in this case exuberant, heartfelt renditions of Baroque religious-themed masterworks, as a ‘new material’, Art, with which to construct furniture. In response (or as retaliation?) to the Art World’s appropriation of Design, wherein a wooden chair, for example, is placed on a pedestal and subsequently experienced as abstract sculpture, Boym reverses the process: Art is torn from the wall, ripped from its frame, and wrought—albeit most respectfully and sensitively—into what we now experience as a chair or a table. Constantin Boym’s project questions an age-old division between art and design. Is a painting taken off its frame, still art? And if becomes furniture, what is the critical difference between the two fields?
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