previews

  • Edward Krasinski, Hommage à Stazewski, 1989. Installation view, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. Photo: Jacek Gladykowski.

    Edward Krasinski, Hommage à Stazewski, 1989. Installation view, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. Photo: Jacek Gladykowski.

    Edward Krasiński

    Generali Foundation
    Wiedner Hauptstraße 15
    May 11–August 27, 2006

    Curated by Sabine Breitweiser

    Polish Conceptualist Edward Krasiński is known primarily for his signature 19-mm-wide blue tape that runs along walls and over anything else it might find along the way, at a standard height of 130 cm. His tape has crossed mirrors, windows, and works by other artists; on occasion it has also traversed his young daughter or run out the gallery door into the street. Yet the simplicity of Krasiński’s Buren-like proposition—to run the tape “everywhere and onto everything in a horizontal direction”—belies a grander ambition: to figure the connection between people and things. The aesthetic experience offered by his line, in other words, bears both the limits and the promise of social imagining. The roughly fifty installations and photographs in this show offer a retrospective look at such connections forged by the artist, who died in 2004.