PRINT December 2012

Helen Molesworth

Nicole Eisenman, Untitled, 2011, monotype on paper, 25 x 20". From the 76th Whitney Biennial.

1 Alina Szapocznikow (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; curated by Elena Filipovic and Joanna Mytkowska) This was one of the most exciting bodies of work I’ve seen in a long time. Mouths, boobs, lightbulbs, limbs, marble, plastic—the exhibition, organized here by Allegra Pesenti, proceeded from a classic post–World War II account of the human form, shot through with existentialism and horror, to something darkly playful, a sculptural reckoning with the exigencies and absurdities of survival. The Polish artist, who died of cancer in 1973 at the age of forty-seven, made visible the ways in which the body is both ours and not ours, a fact never more evident than when facing illness and death. We exist for others, and Szapocznikow’s work shows us how heartbreaking that is.

Co-organized with Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; and the Museum of

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