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PRINT November 2007

GHOST IN THE MACHINE: THE ART OF COSIMA VON BONIN

Habitus as material; tactic as gesture; production as performance; artist as brand: These are some of the counterintuitive equations underpinning the work of Cosima von Bonin, whose oeuvre ranges from collaborative Gesamtkunstwerk to sculpture making sport of high Minimalism and high-end retail at once. On the occasion of von Bonin’s midcareer survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles—the Cologne-based artist’s first major institutional outing in the US—curator and critic Yilmaz Dziewior and artist and critic John Kelsey isolate the variables in a complex, mutable, subtly reflexive practice.

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