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James Coleman

Artists Space Exhibitions

James Coleman, an artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland, is often associated with a group of conceptual artists with whom his work has only a simple connection. This group includes Michael Asher (who shared this exhibition space with Coleman), Robert Barry, Dan Graham, Daniel Buren, Dara Birnbaum, and Judith Barry, artists whose work typifies a certain strain in conceptualism wherein the viewer’s expectations are directly challenged by the complex installation of the work. On those grounds, Coleman does fit in, but his work is less attracted to issues of closure and repression than that of, say, Asher, Graham, or Barry. He combines a flair for the theater, a tradition of Irish storytelling, and a visual enthrallment with the physical object, as if to take the bull by the horns and confront the issue of making a picture.

Seeing for Oneself is an audiovisual presentation consisting

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