new-york

Mary Miss

Max Protetch

There are three new structures by Mary Miss, all scaled to the gallery and all termed “Falsework.” The show also includes much information in the form of reference—notes, preparatory drawings, and photographs of work built elsewhere.

None of the “False works” are single structures. Falsework: Screen consists of three wood platforms set on the floor ten feet or so in front of a wood screen; behind the screen is a boxlike form on stilts. The structure looks familiar, yet, as it is open to any address and is bare of any marks, it is hard to say quite what it is or what its sources may be. Here one resorts to the artist’s notes, where, among a reference to a book on Islamic architecture and a reminder to look at a screen at the Metropolitan, there is a line or two about a form of worship. It seems then that this Falsework is a temple of sorts.

But of course it isn’t. At best, “temple” is an

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