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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 3, January 17, 2010, Article 11

QUIZ ANSWER: WHAT ARE THESE COINS?

Last week Arthur Shippee forwarded an article, but for fun I just teased you with just a picture. And asked: "Who can tell us what these coins are and where they can be found?" -Editor

Figure 3

Pete Smith writes:

The last E-Sylum has a picture of some old Spanish coins. This image is part of a short film, "Figure 3", by Paul Sietsema on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

Here are some excerpts from the article I saw about the "coins". -Editor

Running on a whirring projector, the 16-minute black-and-white film "Figure 3" shows a series of still images of what appear to be old artifacts. There are partly broken ceramic bowls and vases; pottery shards; dirty, woven mattes; old, crusty coins; and so on. The film is grainy, dusty and seemingly old itself, so it looks like an archaeological documentary made early in the last century.

It turns out, however, that all the supposed artifacts represented were made by hand by Mr. Sietsema. So the film is an elaborate fake designed to prompt thought about how we imagine, preserve, authenticate and forget the past and how institutions of art, archaeology and history shape that process.

To read the complete article, see: Spirals of Self-Reflection, Made by Methods Mysterious (www.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/arts/design/08sietsema.html)

Pete Smith adds:

This reminds me of my visit to MOMA in 1984. I was amused by a painting that had one cent coins imbedded in the paint. This might make another E-Sylum quiz question.

OK, here goes. QUICK QUIZ: What painting at the Museum of Modern Art has one cent coins imbedded in the paint? -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: QUICK QUIZ: WHAT ARE THESE COINS? (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n02a09.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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