New York

Gary Kuehn

Stefanotty Gallery

Gary Kuehn’s show was a ten-year retrospective; he’s had perhaps less than his fair share of attention so the opportunity to readily obtain some kind of an overview of his career was timely and welcome. Over the last decade Kuehn has developed consistently toward a reliance on the modified readymade. He’s tended to use things like cardboard boxes—covered with tar that will soften and melt in the sun—in order to depict and exploit physical force within terms that reduce the evocation of gesture attendant on such a depiction. Kuehn’s progress has inclined toward elimination of the personally expressive in favor of the impersonal bias toward entropy that’s found in materials. Selection, rather than manipulation, is the keynote of his art. But, in the more recent work, selection has been concentrated on materials that are to some extent neutral. This, I think, is because Keuhn is interested

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