Art: Unfindable Objects

Laughter in the Louvre? As gross a solecism, one might think, as a belch in the Sainte-Chapelle. Yet for several weeks, visitors to the Louvre's Museum of Decorative Arts have been convulsed with mirth over the work of a puckish artist from Marseille, Jacques Carelman. With his collection of "Objets In-trouvables" (Unfindable Objects), Carelman has revived Surrealist humor and created the wittiest show to be seen in Paris in years. (It will open in Dallas next winter.)

"If I had to point to any one source of inspiration for my unfindable objects," says Carelman, "I suppose it would be those old-fashioned mail-order...

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