What is this thing about? The threesome involved in the creation of the fur teacup (Dora Maar, Pablo Picasso, and Meret Oppenheim) might well have been in their cups when their conversation led to its making. So this collective of painters and photographers of both genders at their best composed this abject object, portraying an erotics gone wild. This vessel, attractive in its loathsomeness, is exactly what you don't drink from at teatime, being the ultimate Dada Thing photographed by Dora Maar. Performing many photographic, painterly, and conceptual feats, none of these three friends were anyone's idea of a polite tea companion. And this fur piece takes the absolute cookie.

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