By abstracting Gainess processes and its operation we can tie his game of building and deploying systems to the real worldthey are models of the way in which the particular loses its identity and becomes part of a category. Gainess works, then, function as analogies whose subject is the construction and discernment of identity.
Given a selection of earlier works in the lower gallery at Eva Presenhuber it is apparent that Deutsch has always been aware that what differentiates a mimetic image from an abstract one is that an images mimetic function of simulation is at its highest when the medium least asserts itself; inversely when the medium asserts itself most viewers see its materiality and not what may be encoded in it.
In the tradition of such artists as On Kawara, Stanley Brouwn, James Lee Byars, and Ray Johnson, whose work extensively consisted of ephemerapostcards, hand-drawn maps, notes, and collagesthe conceptualist Joseph Grigely presents images and texts as artifice, evidence, and commentary.
The exhibition Project for a New American Century at the Whitney Museum installed on the fifth and eighth floors is a sampling of Josh Klines works done over the last fourteen years. The initial impression is that Klines work descends from the tradition of social realism and agit-prop in which art serves as a tool of social and political criticism and mobilization. However, what one soon realizes is how often it instead verges on melodrama.
These works pictorial strategies, and others from the 1970s on, though their initial effects are still op, align them with many of the now marginalized practices of post-50s hardedge and geometric abstract art. With this insight, I realized Rileys practice extends beyond her association with Op art and that her work can be contextualized within the broader aesthetic discourses of early and late modernism.
In his effort to subvert capitalisms visual representation of politics, economics, science, consumer culture, and everyday life, KP Brehmer adopted a graphic designers aesthetic to produce diagrams, postcards, inserts, multiples, posters, banners, and displays.
In 2021 on the occasion of his exhibition Green Ladder, I had written that artist William Corwins works are discursive, and recursive, while his subject-matter and contents are heterogeneous, interdisciplinary, and multi-cultural. Often Corwin is a time-traveler filling his sculptures with esoteric, mystical, and mundane knowledge from the past.
Simone Leigh makes highly refined and stylish sculptures that seemingly tell consciously constructed stories as well as unintended ones. The installation of this exhibition of her works at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston is stark, dramatic, and elegant.
It might be best to think of it as a tightly-knit show of selected works, which unravels about half-way through as Katzs imagery becomes increasingly abstract.
I have been asked to consider this moment as an opportunity to elucidate what we can learn from what happens when a major museum decides to expand and the contingent consequences of that decision as it affects the future of art within the city.