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2 March 1996

The White Gloves Hypothesis

I believe it was Chris Rauschenberg who postulated the White Glove Hypothesis: "The quality of art work is inversely proportional to the number of white cotton gloves included in the portfolio case." At a recent portfolio review session I found a variation on this tragic observation. One photographer included her name and address on the back of the gloves. Surprisingly, one artist included white gloves with some excellent prints. Unfortunately, the smooth gloves made the prints difficult to grasp and I damaged several when a pile of them slipped from my fingers.

White gloves are bad news any way you look at them.

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