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n.1.The quality or state of being ostensible.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(Here Guyton's works would seem to perform themselves as decoys inciting the urge for art-historical rollcalling--a kind of bald "ostensibility" that might appear all too well attuned to the current vogue for generic "appropriative" gestures.) Taken together, however, these qualities imply an awareness that a work of art's motioning toward another that came before it does not necessarily bear out much meaning; and an assumption that the binary poles of pining homage and violent erasure are the only two ways to read such allusions is just another mode of marketing.