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FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: THE ART OF FRANCES STARK

Frances Stark, Push After “Pull After Push”, 2010, mixed media on panel, 69 x 89".

OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, Frances Stark has created an extra­ordinary series of new works that stage frank, funny, and often bawdy encounters with figures ranging from avant-garde-film scions to dancehall stars. Through these interlocutions—some virtual, some actual—Stark has expanded her career-long cross-media exploration of the pressures and pleasures of life as an artist, one in which the confessional mode serves as a conduit to wry insights into the workings of the art world. Beginning with her acclaimed film My Best Thing, 2011, and continuing through more recent projects such as the sound piece Trapped in the VIP and/or in Mr. Martin’s Inoperable Cadillac, 2012, curator Mark Godfrey illuminates Stark’s investigations of technology and desire and her inimitable reconfigurations of critique and performance.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, on her way to a class she was teaching

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