New York

“Fictions”

Kent Fine Art

Picture an alternative art history that begins in the late 18th century, bypasses Modernism but includes Modernist-influenced imagery from film and advertising, and winds up in 1987 with eccentrics like Mark Tansey, Mark Innerst, and Troy Brauntuch. This was the apparent premise behind “Fictions,” a two-gallery exhibition of 46 works curated by Douglas Blau, and the catalogue that accompanied it. I say “apparent premise” because everything about this event—from its title (a reference to Ficciones, a book of stories by Jorge Luis Borges) to the way the compulsively uniform installation made the pictures look like reproductions of themselves—suggested that Blau had more in mind than the provincial museum show that greeted the eye.

Most of the independently curated exhibitions that seem to dominate gallery programming of late sport titles that function cosmetically, not unlike the French

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