New York

“For Presentation and Display: Ideal Settings”

Diane Brown Gallery

At the back of the gallery, Allan McCollum and Louise Lawler composed a critical installation, a reflection on the limits imposed on art by the gallery under capitalism. Lawler and McCollum are friends, and, as artists, share certain concerns. Their decision to work together can thus be seen as exemplary for collaboration, describing an area of intellectual coincidence rather than the kind of market combination that characterizes most recent endeavors.

“Ideal Settings” appeared to take the form of a monument, a reminder of and commentary on the place common to those transactions that we describe as “esthetic.” In the center of the darkling gallery stood a series of some hundred Hydrocal objects, the sort of square black form with central circular steps that is used for display of statues and commercial ware. Blue lighting illuminated these plinths, making them the exhibition’s focus; some

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