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Benjamin Goluboff

MAN RAY PLAYS THE PATRONAGE VARIATIONS
UPON PEGGY GUGGENHEIM

Primeval Couple by Paul Klee

in the sense that sometimes her generosity could take one’s breath away.

in the sense that after all her brave talk the sex was merely conventional.

in the sense that ironic juxtaposition occurs both within and outside the delimiting frame.

in the sense that the delimiting frame is a bourgeois imposition.

in the sense that she would look up at one, meet one’s eyes as one’s business she did.

in the sense that one could sometimes borrow her key to the city.

in the sense that the work has a say in the matter quite apart from the market in which it is consumed or the structures of patronage that support its production.

in the sense of the lolly, the seeds, the scratch, the dust, the spinach, simoleons and shekels, the bread and the dough, the nut.

in the sense of two Jews three opinions: three opinions in the sack, three opinions at the exhibit, three opinions at Les Deux Magots.

in the sense that sometimes it was necessary to let her think the whole thing was her own idea.

 

About the writer:
Benjamin Goluboff is the author of Ho Chi MInh: A Speculative Life in Verse and Biking Englewood: An Essay on the White Gaze, both from Urban Farmhouse Press. Goluboff teaches at Lake Forest College.

Image: Primeval Couple by Paul Klee (1879-1940). No medium specified. No size specified. 1927. Public domain.

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