New York

Max Neuhaus

Times Square Arts

Ever since Duchamp, artists have been exploiting strategies of esthetic dislocation, introducing “nonart” into art contexts and art into nonart domains. By now, the range of forms of questioning the nature of art has achieved a kind of antimatter symmetry with the overall enterprise of making art for esthetic ends. In many sectors of the arts a “situational” outlook has confounded perceivers’ esthetic expectations, complicating to the point of interchanging meanings in art, criticism, and life. Max Neuhaus, for one, has been sending out situational art signals for some time, through a most apt medium: invisibly fluxlike and multi-directionally simultaneous—sound. He calls his most recent acoustical installation, Times Square, a “discoverable.”

With no sign identifying it as “art,” Times Square is the emission of a low, unearthly electronic chord from an enormous speaker planted beneath a

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