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Susan Hiller

Pat Hearn Gallery

If Susan Hiller’s recent exhibition here is any indication, there is currently a strong potential for a nostalgic revival of late ’60s and ’70s Conceptual art. The show included a portion of “Dedicated to the Unknown Artists,” an ongoing series that she began in 1972 consisting of framed arrangements of old postcards and statistics that she has compiled and cross-referenced (the section on view here was from 1972–76). This work maintains its potent communicative powers and makes the current spate of derivative abstraction seem wan in comparison. Hiller’s anthropological approach to gathering information from particular cultures and transforming it into art is a durable strategy that guides her work to the present day.

The pieces shown here consist of several framed panels of two types: those containing only postcards, usually in six vertical rows, and those featuring a single vertical row

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