Minneapolis

Vija Celmins, Eraser, 1967, acrylic on balsa wood, 12 x 18 x 4".

Minneapolis

“Lifelike”

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
February 25–May 27, 2012

Curated by Siri Engberg

One thing missing from French sociologist Henri Lefebvre’s phenomenology of postwar capitalism is an account of the objects that populate the everyday world. Even for Jean Baudrillard, Lefebvre’s student, consumer goods function more as signs and ciphers than as obdurate things. But it is among these uncanny objects and signs that the routine dramas of daily life are played out; not surprisingly, this domain has attracted artistic interventions ranging from the typographic to the surreal and beyond. “Lifelike” brings together ninety examples of engagements with the quotidian over the past five decades by more than fifty artists, including Vija Celmins, Robert Gober, Kaz Oshiro, and Charles Ray. Questions of materiality and authenticity will be posed with wit and ingenuity—the necessary elements of an updated “critique of everyday life”—in equal measure.