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This photograph shows the artist tied to a chair reading a copy of the collected writings of artist Robert Smithson. At first glance, the book appears to be the wrong way up. In fact, Lee is hanging upside down, and the resulting photograph was inverted so that he appears to be sitting up straight. The Upside-down Water Torture Cell was one of Harry Houdini’s signature acts, in which the famous escapologist was suspended upside-down in a locked cabinet filled with water.

December 2006