The secret of great wealth with no obvious source is some forgotten crime, forgotten because it was done neatly.
—Honore de Balzac
Today, when we can eat Tex-Mex with chopsticks while listening to reggae and watching a YouTube rebroadcast of the Berlin Wall's fall—i.e., when damn near everything presents itself as familiar—it's not a surprise that some of today's most ambitious art is going about trying to make the familiar strange."
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