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Allan Kaprow

John Gibson Gallery

Allan Kaprow’s Days Off is a calendar of Happenings. Oddly, where LeWitt’s gallery work is crucial and published work at best superfluous, Kaprow’s case is just the opposite. The published work makes his John Gibson show redundant.

Days Off is like a movie of stills. Kaprow’s fine eye and sense of pace allow him to be the director of ten consecutive “still-shorts,” some hilarious, some disquieting. In this hybrid. medium, clearly two gifts count—skill at the individual isolated image, and skill at that image in time, as one of a series, as a moment. Kaprow has both.

His flair—or weakness, depending on one’s point of view—for the collective prank should not prevent us from enjoying Kaprow’s eye. Throughout the calendar, the image remains important. True, the images must be set in a verbal grid, but that grid can be kept to a minimum, something Kaprow does well. Right at the start of Runner,

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