“Investigations 1989”

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

This exhibition featuring the work of Allan Wexler, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Martin Kippenberger explores the artists’ relationships to things in the world, and the diverse forms of attention they bring to these relationships. In his picnic area proposals for a specific site in Massachusetts, Wexler focuses on tables and chairs as both necessary and poetic extensions of ourselves. Included in this installation are 30 models, showing objects that shape the landscape, as in Two Chairs Carving a Path; that exert influences over others, as in Chairs in One Building Controlled by Chairs in Another, or that parody their own meaning as functional extensions of ourselves, as in Table Worn by One Person and One Table Worn by Four People. In many of the models, the sense of the theatrical moment is so complete that the absence of the building structure is not noticed—the interaction of the parts creates

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