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REGIFT Curated by John Miller
Barbara Bloom, Sophie Calle, Trisha Donnelly, Sam Durant, Maria Eichhorn, Sylvie Fleury, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Fabrice Gygi, Jamie Isenstein, Mike Kelley, Louise Lawler, Leigh Ledare, Sam Lewitt, Allan McCollum, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, Mai-Thu Perret, Walter Robinson, Aura Rosenberg, Jim Shaw, Greg Parma Smith, John Waters, and Lawrence Weiner


On invitation of the Swiss Institute, New York artist John Miller created REGIFT, a group show that includes 24 artists, all whom contribute work on the subject of gift exchange.

The exchange of gifts, although an age-old practice, presents something of an economic anomaly. One reason may be that gift exchange is not completely rational, at least according to a logic of total calculability. Like the gift, the artwork fits only awkwardly within this framework. Gift giving often involves unspoken obligations, exacted in terms that are mutually understood but nonetheless not completely accountable: emotional, social, hierarchical and so on. Here, the incalculability of the artwork dovetails with that of the gift.

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REGIFT Curated by John Miller Sam Durant, American Hospitality (biological), 2006
Sam Durant, American Hospitality (biological), 2006
REGIFT Curated by John Miller Sam Durant, American Hospitality (biological), 2006 REGIFT Curated by John Miller REGIFT, 2009, installation view REGIFT Curated by John Miller Mike Kelley, image from the installation Love, Theft, Gifting, and More Love, 2009 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Leigh Ledare, The Gift video still, 2008 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Unititled (USA Today), 1990 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Trisha Donnelly, Celestial Muse, 1982 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Lawrence Weiner, Collection Public Freehold, 2001 REGIFT Curated by John Miller John Waters, Loser Gift Basket, 2006 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Greg Parma Smith, Science Classicism Lycanthropy, 2007 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Sophie Calle, Birthday Ceremony (1980), 1997 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Jamie Isenstein, Two Egresses and Unbird, 2007 REGIFT Curated by John Miller REGIFT, 2009, installation detail REGIFT Curated by John Miller Aura Rosenberg, Schokolade, 1999 REGIFT Curated by John Miller Fabrice Gygi, Christmas Tree, 2009