WITH HER 2003 PROJECT UNTITLED, Andrea Fraser throws us an archetype of sexual and cultural identity. More than in her other performances, Fraser here works without the protection of a research-based script, a surrogate actor, or the remove that often characterizes analytical thinking. The central action in Untitled has Fraser and a male client of her US gallery meet for a session of sex and video recording in a New York hotel room. This is the part of the work that suggests an archetypal narrative. And yet despite all that has been said about this project as sexual fantasy, feminist act, or aggressively personified critique of the market, Untitled is the stuff of break, transformation, and crisis in self- and public orientation. Fraser does not give us an artwork that is comfortable to experience or reason through, let alone write about with any certainty or authority. For her
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