New York

“OIA at Greene Space—Sculpture”

Greene Space

Group exhibitions are wonderful because they allow one to make invidious comparisons. The artists in them are directly competitive. Every piece in a solo exhibition can be fitted into a pattern of development, and so counts for something; a group exhibition reminds us that works of art do not exist on friendly terms, that they cannot all be fitted into some grand harmony. They differ physically and ideologically, and the differences can’t be reconciled or dismissed in the coy terms of pluralism.

There were two main groupings of sculpture in this show, those that can loosely be described as reductivist and those that are figural/narrative. Typical of the former were the pieces (one each) by Kent Floeter, Daniel Johnson, Sal Romano, and Nene Humphrey, while typical of the latter were those by Tzvi Ben-Aretz, George Grant, and Cynthia Short. Of the former, Romano’s black pool of moving water

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