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Cary Leibowitz: (paintings and belt buckles) Invisible Exports Through October 13, 2013   "In the beginning was the Word…" John 1:1   "On our way to a single pictorial audience! We are the Plan, the System, the Organization! Direct your creative work in line with Economy!" El Lissitzky, Unovis street flyer, 1919   "So funny it just occurred to me I haven't thought about suicide in weeks" Cary Leibowitz

In or around 1920 or '21 the painter and propagandist El Lissitzky painted a small, unassuming gouache picture for reproduction in a magazine or journal with the words "Rosa Luxemburg" lettered in, then painted over, to make a once-declarative statement (political solidarity with the case of Rosa Luxemburg) instead a quiet, self-effacing comment, though unintentional, about the absurdity of making art a weapon or tool of politics. El Lissitzky knew even back then, in another century, before Wikileaks or Edward Snowden, that he was trafficking in shit way above his head. »

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