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WHAT'S EATING GARY INDIANA?

Ever since he signed on as chief art-gazer for The Village Voice, the field hasn’t really been the same. For starters, Indiana is not an easy man to please, he does not participate in the art world’s self-mythologizing rituals, and he never writes about work that doesn’t really interest him. What’s more, no one’s better at getting straight to the heart (or, in some cases, an equally sensitive place) of the matter. (His unbeatable characterization of the work of Alan Saret: “Pubic hair from outer space.”)

Still, when he wants to, Gary Indiana can generate as ardent a stream of prosaic passion as the best of them. Because he makes no bones about his dismissal of connoisseurship, his reader assumes (for the most part, correctly) that the criteria Indiana uses emerge from concerns about the social and political context of art more than from the art itself (supposing

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