new-york

Peter Fischli And David Weiss

Sonnabend Gallery

The current crop of Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ canned photographs and objects is, as usual, unfailingly witty. Whether or not that also makes them wise is another question. Everything exhibited here—glossy images of glamorous airplanes and plaster stewardesses and cars—relates to travel. These days the art world depends for its momentum on the jetliner: tension, drama, and sense of purpose are heightened as objects move from this international exhibition to that one, building up steam for some incalculable, cosmically relevant, grand climax of an exhibition. The “whoopie!” if not “eureka!” effect is generated simply by keeping the art moving. Boredom and redundancy are kept at a distance, even though they haunt everything.

At the same time, the works here are unapologetically kitsch—just like the rest of the world. Everything, from history to high culture, is heading irreversibly toward

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