New York

Allen Ruppersberg

Christine Burgin Gallery

Allen Ruppersberg’s installation here included some framed examples of what appear to be autograph letters written by notable authors. He retrieved these unpublished letters from obscurity in 1976 by hand copying them and then exhibiting the copies. Displayed in a new context, juxtaposed with some of his more recent work, these letters were in effect re-rediscovered, re-recycled, or more aptly, re-reinvented. While there is a fundamental difference between Ruppersberg’s first purloining of these letters and his recent use of them as already produced art objects in an entirely new show, the nature of the creative process remains essentially the same. The continuity and divergence between these two installations over a decade apart reveal something essential about Ruppersberg’s idiosyncratic terms of art-making. Employing devices such as selection, reproduction, and juxtaposition to convey

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