New York

Steve Urry

Zabriskie Gallery

Steve Urry’s work has become flabby and overconfident. As if to call history to his support, the gallery put out a curriculum vitae for Urry which included extracts from critics’ comments on his work. These read like the sort of thing found in certain movie advertisements, and included the following, from a review Max Kozloff wrote for this magazine in 1967: “ . . . an extraordinarily controlled intelligence, wedded with a sharp eye, keeps even the most outlandishly abandoned of his ideas within the bounds of sculptural decorum.”

Well, something must have happened. Urry’s show consisted of a work, billed as Sculpture for One Room, made of two pieces of inflatable and transparent plastic: one a long sausage shape which filled up most of the room and turned back on itself, the other a rough circle that touched the floor and the ceiling. The circle was placed in front of the long sausage which

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