New York

Robert Whitman

Bykert Gallery Downtown

Robert Whitman has been around for a long time and used to be connected with Happenings, at the time when Happenings happened. His recent show consisted of four—or maybe three—pieces of work. A set of two-sided pastel drawings, hung from the ceiling, and in which recto and verso are made to correspond. An example of this is a picture of a traffic light, with, on the other side of the paper, a red dot at the same place as the traffic light’s red. A pile of old furniture piled into a corner of the gallery, while a ridge of clothes that might have been rented from the Goodwill people stands free toward the center of the room. Which is why I say that what at first looks like four pieces of work may be only three: the clothes suggest an anthropomorphism supported by the furniture, which in turn connects the wall with the floor—an identification with the inanimate and the architectural that’s

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