New York

Robert Breer and Jene Highstein

Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 1615 Hart Place

Limited ambition is also but in a different way, what Robert Breer and Jene Highstein have in common. In the case of these artists, though, this is attendant on undertaking something which while evoking the vocabulary of “difficult art,” is in itself too easy, i.e., involves little risk without challenging or obviating the notion of riskiness as such. In both cases I became less enthusiastic about the work the more I thought about it, although remain convinced that Breer and Highstein are fundamentally serious artists, capable of much more than the work I am discussing here.

Breer’s sculpture, at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (866 2nd Avenue), seemed to be most interesting for the taxonomy of physical oppositions presented and least for what the press release billed as its main attraction. The sculpture, five fiberglass drums, three of them five feet high and two—these situated within the building’s

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