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the 2004 Carnegie International

SCOTT ROTHKOPF: Given that there’s been no advance word on your show, would you begin by telling us how it will differ from previous Internationals?

LAURA HOPTMAN: Unlike the past three Internationals, which used a broad survey format, the 2004 installment will be organized as a kind of narrative that unfolds through groupings of artists. Some sections will emphasize a common formal language, as in, say, a kind of absolutist abstraction, by artists such as Tomma Abts or Mark Grotjahn. In other cases, a section might emphasize a common theoretical strategy, as in a cluster of radical empiricists, including Carsten Höller or Harun Farocki, who both gather and analyze data almost like scientists. At the core of these sections will be monographic exhibitions, including small retrospectives devoted to Lee Bontecou, Mangelos, and R. Crumb.

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