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We can name the intellectual and physical institutions of art we contend are "present". Art, as primordial behaviors, items and locations, is not the precursor to modern art institutions. It is the formative, character-imbued, self-reflective self-of-itself. It is the origin, and what institutions that are labeled by us through contemporary categories and labels are, in a sense, derivative. They have their own character, but exist less enigmatically and more clinically for expression. The loophole towards cooperating with origin or the defining passage escaping origin can be in how artists and institutions dialogue with art-as-originatoe-of-its-own-presence-and-purpose. Art manifested as something not required by material survival and procreation, but, somehow, made itself available for just that. Are art institutions of studio practice, cultural continuity, material handling, critique, display, sales and formal discussion doing that, today? © 2014 James Warren