New York Postcard: Kitchens of Distinction

Art Life , Stuff Feb 13, 2015 No Comments

You won’t believe these bargains! George Shaw reports…

Installation view

Installation view

7 Sinks (detail)

7 Sinks (detail)

It would be reasonable to do a double take when arriving at the Andrea Meislin Gallery to view 7 Sinks by Maayan Strauss. Set up as a perverse kitchen top, Strauss comments on social status and objects of desire via luxury kitchen fittings. However, the installation is more than that: the marble benchtop is really a photograph designed to be degraded by the reticulated splashing water that transforms the work into a fountain. By asking Kohler to supply the fittings, Strauss also inverts the traditional relationship between commissioning client and artist.

Behind the Myth of Benevolence

Behind the Myth of Benevolence

Gifts

Gifts

Holy Absence II

Holy Absence II

Space to Forget

Space to Forget

In his show Drawing the Blinds at the Jack Shainman Gallery, Titus Kaphar presents slashed, stripped, cut, and crumpled canvases as a metaphoric act of intervention in African American history to redress racial injustices of the past. While appearing as art historical images in their rendition, the works are nevertheless a reminder that today’s continued injustices are tethered to old, entrenched traditions. The act of revising history is for Kaphar a way of reimagining a new paradigm in which forgotten figures are recharged and acknowledged for their sacrifices.

Installation view[1]

Installation view

Part File Score IV (detail)

Part File Score IV (detail)

Part File Score VI

Part File Score VI

Part File Score VII

Part File Score VII

In the Principality of Paranoia everyone has always been a suspect. Focusing on the story of 1920s Jewish émigré and Hollywood composer Hanns Eisler, Susan Philipsz creates an immersive sound and visual installation at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in which Eisler’s redacted FBI files are overlaid with his own annotated sheet music. The 12-channel soundscape features a mournful violin solo, which was part of a larger work interrupted by Eisler’s deportation as a suspect communist agent. Part File Score addresses loss, exile, and the politics of persecution.

George Shaw

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