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“Real Property”

City Without Walls

In the catalogue accompanying this exhibition, curator Leah Dumer cites a quotation from Craig Owens’ essay “Feminism and Postmodernism” (1983), which concerns the narratives of mastery that have dominated desire, man’s manipulation of land and property in an effort “to transform . . . the world into a representation, with man as its subject.” This ambitious premise in hand, Durner then asked how contemporary artists comment on this process of “transformation: or commodification, and on the idea of possession and ”real property" She cast her net widely assembling some tough, provocative work, not all of which clearly supported her organizing theme.

In the ’60s and ’70s many artists left the studio and its urban context for the wide-open horizons of rural landscapes. However, with the exception of Dennis Oppenheim’s lithograph of his 1979 Devil’s Hole project, the work in this show focused

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