Madelein Grynsztejn

GIVE MADELEINE GRYNSZTEJN some credit for diplomatic consistency: She doesn't miss a beat when the subject of negative reviews of her 1999 Carnegie International comes up. “I would turn,” she says in response to my line of questioning, “to reviews by Steve Litt [Cleveland Plain Dealer], Katy Siegel [Artforum], and Graham Shearing [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review].” She adds: “A lot of the pieces were newly commissioned and allowed the artists to make leaps within their own work. This was the first time that Janet Cardiff could use video as well as audio, and the first time that Sarah Sze worked with siding material, for instance.” I had been (gently) prodding the thirty-eight-year-old contemporary curator—recently hired away from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh to replace Gary Garrels at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—about her rep as a fairly predictable, politically correct

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