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Isabelle Graw

1 JAN TIMME (GALERIE CHRISTIAN NAGEL, BERLIN) At first glance, this was a not-so-spectacular show in the tradition of the empty gallery, à la Yves Klein. But on closer inspection it packed quite a punch. A tile placed high on the wall bore the ambiguous inscription “Carrer qui no passa”—a phrase taken from a street sign on the island of Minorca that can be understood to mean “dead end” but could also be translated as “There’s no moving on here.” With this apparent acknowledgment of the dubious viability of simply “moving on” in one’s art career, Timme rejected the rampant careerism abounding in the art world. But at the same time he produced a limited edition (four bar stools with the definition of the word fall etched on brass plaques under their seats), as if to admit that there’s no escape from the logic of the market after all.

2 DAMIEN HIRST (GAGOSIAN GALLERY, NEW YORK) This show,

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