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  • Matthew Buckingham, False Future, 2007, continuous color 16-mm projection with sound, canvas, steel cable.

    “Matthew Buckingham: Time Proxies”

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
    Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
    June 30–September 28, 2009

    Curated by Lynne Cooke

    This first comprehensive museum overview of Matthew Buckingham’s work will survey the New York–based conceptualist’s nuanced and erudite investigations of time and memory. Always evocatively oblique and deeply informed by scientific and historical study, Buckingham’s practice transitions readily among media—a quality this show will take particular advantage of. Comprising sculpture, film and video projection, photography, and sound, the exhibition will present a broad selection of work, including Celeritas, 2009, a consideration of the limits of our temporal perception from light speed to geologic time, as well as an as-yet-untitled film installation that deploys the gaze of a small dog from a royal portrait by Velázquez to ground a characteristically Buckinghamian meditation on the psychotemporal relationship between painter, subject, and viewer.