New York

Thomas Schütte

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

With the two sculptural projects and accompanying drawings presented here, West German artist Thomas Schütte encapsulates one of the historical dilemmas facing modern Europe: the various countries’ ongoing post-war reconstruction. With Big Buildings, 1989, Schütte presents a construction site of generic, characterless architecture in plywood and cardboard. Horizontal slabs stacked upon one another and separated by vertical posts resemble sandwiches whose meat will be its future residents. He displays these buildings as a collapsed, colorless morass of disparate, unfinished fragments. The pun on rationalist and purist architecture is enhanced by the inclusion of a small plastic soldier with one arm raised (a reference to Le Corbusier’s “Modular Man”); its placement inside one of the towers only highlights the structure’s impersonal quality.

The problem of losing the individual character of

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