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November 28, 2010

Babylon and Rauschenberg

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Yesterday's New York Times Arts section featured two articles above the front page fold: one by resident polymath Edward Rothstein on a show of 13 cuneiform tablets at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York City, the other by art critic Holland Cotter on a survey of Robert Rauschenberg's work at Gagosian Gallery, also in New York City.

I was struck by the juxtaposition of the above the fold images (above and below) used to illustrate the two pieces.

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The Babylonian tablet up top, Plimpton 322, was recovered from an unknown place in the Iraq desert.

It is believed to have been originally written around 1800 B.C.

The Rauschenberg piece is "Palladian Xmas" (1980).

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