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Rebcecca Horn

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Rebecca Horn’s Art Circus, 1988, the largest and most complex sculpture in this show, takes us into a space where time is experienced as a new, harrowing sensation. It consists of an egg balanced between two long steel needles, and glass cones fixed to the floor of the gallery. Everything is circumscribed by a large black circle on the floor—a circus ring. One needle, attached to the ceiling, moves with excruciating slowness in a spiral motion, starting perpendicular to the floor and gradually becoming parallel to it. Watching the complete movement of the needle takes quite a few minutes—the work seems to be challenging us to stand still.

Horn forces the viewer to respond according to the rhythm of the machine. Here, vision is just another modality of the body and loses its privileged place in the hierarchy of the senses. Time becomes a visual prosthetic: seeing does not take place in either

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