Critics’ Picks

Ellen Harvey, I Am a Bad Camera, 2001.

New York


Spencer Brownstone Gallery
3 Wooster Street
July 26–September 8

Football pitches, mattresses, empty swimming pools, and blank sheets of paper: All become spaces onto which ideas and images are projected in Irena Popiashvili’s understated selection of recent video and photography. Ellen Harvey’s I Am a Bad Camera, follows the progress of a portrait sketch to the accompaniment of its subject’s appraisal of the likeness, while Fabio Kacero takes a leaf out of Douglas Gordon’s book by presenting a feature-length rundown of everyone he has ever met, their names listed as credits to a nonexistent movie. In a summer of group shows assembled, often, around the most tenuous of themes, this exhibition’s lucidity and breadth are refreshing.