New York

Mary Miss

Protetch-McNeil Gallery

Mary Miss’ latest exhibition was a spartan but cogent presentation of 18 years of growth. Effectively and effortlessly combining a conventional installation of isolated sculptural work with an architectural reinterpretation of a gallery space, Miss created an environment that accommodated her past and current production, exposing both linkages and lapses. There is a need to summarize artistic careers, but in doing so, there is a troubling tendency to invent relationships and transitions, to manipulate cycles and passages so that they appear orderly. It would be impossible to categorize with any confidence the development of this inventive artist. She has investigated extensively by permitting the contingencies of location and context, and the riddles of experience and perception, to inform all her work.

Rather than documenting Miss’ temporary and permanent outdoor pieces through drawings

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