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Jackie Winsor

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Every piece in Jackie Winsor’s show makes sense as an attempt to concentrate attention on the sculptural in a way that will not distract from the work’s identity as a repository for—and a consequence of—a process of physical modification of a particular sort. The work in this show spans three years (1970–73) and, seeing it all together, one realizes that Winsor’s is an imagination responsive to Minimalism and its aftermath, but resistant to its physical means, especially metal, and to any concentration on the actual situation of the piece.

I think it’s primarily a need to deal with sculpture as an object that is independent of place that obliges Winsor to play down the Minimalist preoccupation with leaning, and to take up instead the problem of joining. Winsor can be contrasted with Richard Nonas—to whom I shall come in a moment—in one crucial respect that helps to describe the achievement

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