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“Grids”

Pace | 32 East 57th Street

Might as well say it right off, so there’s no question about it: a lot of the objects in “Grids” are very beautiful and totally satisfying as art. What I have to say in no way reflects upon the individual me is of any single piece. The problem for me is that the show seems to want to be taken as more than a collection of nice things. One really nice thing was Frank Stella’s metallic doughnut hexagon; I’m certainly glad I had the opportunity to see it, but what has it got to do with grids? And, ultimately, what hasn’t it got to do with them?

The catalogue for the show includes an essay by Rosalind Krauss, but no indication of who chose the works. Ms. Krauss refers to more things not in the show than in it. So who chose them? The show’s curator(s) has (have) been released from any direct or personal responsibility, so to speak, as to the relationship between individual objects, and their

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