New York

Christof Kohlhofer

Protetch Mcneil

When I saw this show, on January 11th, I realized that all the works were dated 1984. I began wondering if that meant they were all made in 1984. Fast work when you consider it wasn’t the opening day and there must have been some hanging time involved. A few days later I was reading TV Guide and it said “a 1984 TV movie.” Now I knew that movie hadn’t been made in 1984. Movies are dated by their releases. But I always thought paintings were dated by when they were made. It bothered me that all these works might have been done in a few days, but it bothered me more that that bothered me. Why should the man-hours influence my perception of the work? I don’t usually feel like a philistine; to be candid, never. What finally saved me was realizing that I was spending more time feeling philistine than Christof Kohlhofer spent making one of these pieces.

In fact I think it’s great to be a fast

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