New York

Art & Language

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

The museum, both as idea and as physical space, is the subject of Art & Language’s remarkable ongoing series of paintings “Index: Incident in a Museum.” In recent works from this series, a group of which were shown here, Art & Language has been trying to strike a new balance between language (or concept) and art (the actual, material work—in this case, paintings), with an emphasis now on the art. The concept behind this series appears to be Art & Language’s belief that all art is intended for the museum from the start. This includes not only these very works but even the books that Art & Language has produced, an idea conveyed explicitly by Index: Incident in a Museum XXV, 1987, with the central area of the canvas cut away and replaced by a bookcase full of these books. The word “index” here has more than one meaning, not just the usual linguistic one, for the works don’t simply point to

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