new-york

Alex Grey

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

Recently it seems that antinuclear art has been proliferating at a rate surpassed only by the megatons of destruction that occasion it. This is as it should be. There can be no such thing as media overkill on this subject, the dangers of media sensationalism and trivialization notwithstanding. But those dangers do exist, and if such work is to avoid them it must cut through the dulling layers of packaged metaphors and images produced by the mass media.

Though it was part of a show entitled “Space Invaders,” there was no futurist fantasy involved in the subject matter of Alex Grey’s installation at P.S.1. On one wall of the room Grey hung a large oil painting of Christ crucified on a mushroom cloud, while below him the seemingly miniature cities of the earth are engulfed in conflagration. The painting seems to radiate a fiery orange light which takes on a sickly quality in the graphic glow

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