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Anne And Patrick Poirier

Storm King Art Center

While the various pieces in Anne and Patrick Poirier’s recent installation stood out on their own, there was a strong sense of cumulative vision expressed in the ensemble. Entitled “Wandering into Memory,” it continued the artists’ investigation of and preoccupation with the idea and syntax of classicism. Theirs is an ongoing effort to understand the classical as a precedent and to assess its potency as a language and contemporary symbol. It is a grand obsession that produces occasionally erratic results. At times their powers of interpretation, modulation, and transformation of this stringent lexicon are riveting. But there are moments in the work that are flat and tiresome—that seem to indicate a thin infatuation with form rather than an inquiry into meaning. What the pair does produce, in all cases, is a more ambitious, if still problematic, analysis of the classical than has been seen

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