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  • Robert Gober, Untitled, 1985, plaster on wood, steel, wire lath, and semigloss enamel paint, 30 x 68 x 27". From “The ’80s: A Topology.”

    Robert Gober, Untitled, 1985, plaster on wood, steel, wire lath, and semigloss enamel paint, 30 x 68 x 27". From “The ’80s: A Topology.”

    “The ’80s: A Topology”

    Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
    Rua Dom João de Castro, 210
    November 10, 2006–February 4, 2007

    Curated by Ulrich Loock

    The art of the ’80s has been a subject in the New York air for some time now, but in Europe, apparently, it is relatively unbroached. Curator Ulrich Loock’s look at the decade seems less local than recent shows here. Although Europeans predominate in this exhibition of some eighty artists and one hundred works, the inclusion of outlanders like Frédéric Bruly Bouabré from Ivory Coast and Doris Salcedo from Colombia, James Coleman from Ireland and Ilya Kabakov from Russia signals the wider, larger art world then being born. Loock also cares about smart art over the more notorious revival of painting—yes to Barbara Kruger and David Hammons, no to Julian Schnabel and the three C’s. Far from a complete view of the ’80s, Loock’s version sounds both challenging and sympathetic.