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Rachel Weiss

Helen Shilen Gallery

Artists, like explorers, are adventurers in a quest for new frontiers. In the 20th century the search has led them to the last-chance, bleak extremes of Minimalist landscapes, to the cool, indifferent space of the contemporary gallery, and to the merciless expanses of the polar zones. The metaphoric and geographical frontiers of the gallery and of Antarctica converged this summer in Salon for the South Pole, “an excursion into parlor games, polar appreciation, and polite behavior,” mapped out by the young Boston artist Rachel Weiss.

The event was carefully balanced between salon and gallery opening. Invitations (which did not mention the artist’s name) were sent out, and guests were requested to wear white; on arrival they were greeted by a hostess, who pinned a red carnation on each of them. White-clad hosts and hostesses mingled genteelly with the guests, striking up conversations about

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