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Rafael Ferrer

Whitney Museum of American Art

Rafael Ferrer’s installation at the Whitney did not strike me as very successful, though I must admit I’m not yet sure what a successful Ferrer would feel like. He was given the small gallery on the first floor of the museum and made use of the whole space for a single piece. To enter it, one had to crawl through a tiny opening which took the place of the gallery doorway. (This immediately called to mind Keith Sonnier’s piece at the Modern last spring which made use of a diminished doorway. Perhaps Ferrer saw that piece and was impressed by it because I hear that his recent show in Philadelphia had another element in common with the Sonnier, a lowered ceiling.) The little doorway opened onto a very narrow sort of corridor formed by the gallery wall and a series of sheets of corrugated metal, either steel or aluminum. The floor of this corridor was covered with a shallow layer of sand, the

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