PRINT December 2013

Lynne Cooke

Bison carving from Zaraysk, Russia, ca. 18,000 BC, mammoth ivory, approx. 4 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 6 3/4". From “Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind.”

1 ROBERT IRWIN (WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK; CURATED BY DONNA DE SALVO) With little more than a taut plane of polyester, Irwin’s site-specific Scrim Veil—Black Rectangle—Natural Light vividly animated the Whitney’s fourth floor while highlighting the signature window that pictures the cityscape beyond. Hard to imagine how that peerless space could be better engaged. Hard to imagine why more than thirty-five years were permitted to elapse between the work’s debut in 1977 and its next appearance—just under the wire, so to speak, before the museum quits Marcel Breuer’s masterpiece for larger quarters downtown.

2 “ICE AGE ART: ARRIVAL OF THE MODERN MIND” (BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON; CURATED BY JILL COOK) Arguing that the modern mind was formed when humans began to create art, this moving show assembled highly realistic carvings of animals alongside abstracted

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