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Tom Burr, Next Pretty Boy, 2007, wood, hinges, painted canvas, mirror, chain, 8' x 13' 3 3/4“ x 7' 10”.

New York

Tom Burr

SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves Street
January 13 - March 30

Curated by Mary Ceruti

The empty platforms and upended chairs in Tom Burr's previous sculptural tableaux made visitors feel as though they had arrived after the party was over. Such a sense of belatedness will likely also be part of the viewing experience here, given that it is the artist's first solo show in New York since 2003 and follows in the wake of two enthusiastically received Burr exhibitions in Europe. Like Burr's past work, which gave priority to Minimalist forms, characters, and discourses, the five new interrelated installations presented at SculptureCenter, and curated by Mary Ceruti, focus on moments in American art history—in this case, those involving the stateside reception of European modernism as filtered through figures like “Chick” Austin, director of the Wadsworth Atheneum from 1927 to 1944, and members of the New York School, particularly Frank O'Hara, whose poem “Addict-Love” provides the exhibition title.