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  • Clay Ketter, Poolside Motel, 2008.

    Clay Ketter

    Moderna Museet | Stockholm
    Skeppsholmen
    May 30–August 16, 2009

    Curated by Magnus af Petersens

    Born in Maine and raised in Connecticut, Clay Ketter decamped for Sweden in 1988 after finishing his studies—which, if you were wondering, explains why Stockholm’s Moderna Museet is home to this American expat’s midcareer survey. The exhibition brings together some thirty-five works made since 1987, including a selection of his “Wall Paintings,” 1992–99—sheets of spackle- and screw-laden plasterboard constituting abstract paintings—and “Trace Paintings,” 1995–, likewise richly patinated wall surfaces replete with shelves and electric wiring. Reinforced here by Ketter’s recent photography, the work on view will interrogate the spaces where architecture, sculpture, and painting meet. Despite the artist’s established Swedish coordinates, a catalogue with texts by Lars Nittve, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, and the curator argues that Ketter’s production is nonetheless connected to an American painterly tradition.