PRINT December 2004

Lynne Cooke


1 Francis Alÿs (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg/ Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin) In a pair of slyly understated solo shows of works old and new, Alÿs parses preoccupations as poetic as they are political. In these disarmingly simple installations that depend on a self-reflexive, quasi-curatorial mode now completely integral to his practice, he draws deeply on his immediate milieu for his ostensible subjects. Yet he never gets mired in the merely local, nor does he succumb to the fecklessness of the self-styled nomadic artist.

2 Pierre Huyghe’s Harvard Project (Sert Gallery, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA) The French artist’s wryly haunting puppet play is set in a miniature theater, an ultracontemporary “blob” extruded from the bowels of Le Corbusier’s still-underregarded Carpenter Center. In a series of abbreviated scenes, Huyghe’s marionette

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