New York

“Multiple Choice”

One of the most thoughtful and inherently polemical series of photography exhibitions recently has been conducted at P.S.1 by Carol Squiers, who has avoided current squabbling over fine art, media, and artist-employed photography to direct attention toward its use. This is a curatorial practice, then, that conceives of photography discursively—as a medium operating throughout disparate, often intersecting circles within society—so as to focus on the textual, contextual, and rhetorical strategies uniting these separate spheres. “Multiple Choice” extended this stance to reveal certain critical junctures between esthetic and social issues underlying appropriated imagery.

The idea here was to ask four artists (Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Richard Prince, and Mark Tansey) who use media or other photographic sources to select and arrange one group of images apiece. In this manner Squiers

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