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toying with high art

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They may not have incited Xbox-level frenzy-yet-but new toys from artists Gary Baseman and Tristan Eaton stirred up their share of anticipation in the right circles this holiday season. The painstakingly crafted and packaged new vinyl creations also happen to reflect the artists' approach to art and commerce-an approach that plays with accepted notions of mass culture and fine art. The new toy launches also coincide with new efforts by the artists to further their own brands. As vinyl toy design plays a more substantial role in the marketing world, these artists look to embrace new commercial opportunities-but can they stay true to their artistic visions? The Dunces, Baseman and Eaton all seem to say, "Duh. Yes."
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