vienna

Raum annehmen: Aspekte österreichischer Skulptur 1950–1985

Galerie Grita Insam

It does make a certain amount of sense that one should give credit to exhibitions that present work of no exemplary value, but that articulate un certainties in doing so—which is to say, they do have merit as accurate assessments of the range of work being done. Shows such as these neither take us by surprise esthetically nor overwhelm us with significant new developments. Nevertheless, their categorizing schemes are necessarily jostled, and more openness than compact closure results-and that is worth something, too.

What this gallery presented under the title “Raum annehmen: Aspekte österreichischer Skulptur 1950–1985” (Space takes shape: aspects ofAustrian sculpture 1950–1985) was anything but an overview of sculpture in Austria in the past 35 years, that is, almost the entire duration of the Second Republic. Instead, its aim was to give us an up-to-date perspective based up on a very

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