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“Icarus: The Vision of Angels”

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Man’s will to fly, to exceed the bonds of the earth, is a persistent dream. “Icarus: The Vision of Angels,” co-curated by France Morin and Ronald Feldman and mounted at their respective galleries, was an attempt to capture some of that fancy for flight held by artists and scientists. The curators’ task was perhaps as ambitious a project in its way as the many early aerodynamic efforts it documented. Their choices were excellent; however, when an exhibition’s topic is as broad as that of man in flight, one cannot help but twitch a bit in the curatorial back seat. In this spirit I must express dismay at the omission of Stelarc, the Australian artist who has suspended himself by fishhooks to physically experience the pull of gravity, and whose Third Arm, 1977–82, a computerized prosthetic device, is technologically important enough that NASA has expressed interest in the possibility of adapting

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