Los Angeles

Michael Asher

Claire Copley and Morgan Thomas galleries

Lovers in Renaissance poetry conventionally exchange hearts. In the modern world, nations exchange students, tourists exchange money, and artists, on occasion, switch studios. Art dealers in the same city, however, are not likely to trade either their gallery spaces or their clientele. Thus, Michael Asher’s latest work, an exhibition consisting tout court of an exchange he engineered between the Claire Copley and the Morgan Thomas galleries, starts out with an artifice-proclaiming premise, even though all that follows is almost as casual as everyday potluck life in Los Angeles. Asher’s piece stipulated that during the three-week period of his exhibition each gallery owner would conduct her own business in the other’s space; each, that is, would mount exhibitions, represent her own artists, and conduct all relevant entrepreneurial transactions using the other’s normal facilities. Tacitly,

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