Nicolás Guagnini’s The Panel Discussion, the Tennis Match, and a Bodegón

Nicolás Guagnini, The Panel Discussion, the Tennis Match, and a Bodegón, 2011, oil on shaped aluminum composite panel, carved wooden figures, miniature easel with facsimile catalogue, plywood table, twenty-second audio loop. Installation views, Andrew Roth, New York.

NICOLÁS GUAGNINI’S The Panel Discussion, the Tennis Match, and a Bodegón, 2011, centers on a long plywood table that holds two groups of miniature wooden figures, one at either end. The back row, commissioned from a professional caricature wood-carver, represents a panel discussion that, according to the press release, features “an American publisher and art dealer, . . . a well known German artist, . . . and a well known German professor of Art History,” who are flanked by a facsimile catalogue from the Nazis’ 1937 “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate Art) show propped on a miniature easel. It takes relatively little effort for insiders to identify these characters more precisely as Andrew Roth, at whose gallery Guagnini’s installation was recently shown (and who has worked with the artist on several projects in the past); the artist Jutta Koether; and the art historian Benjamin H. D.

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