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André Cadere

MoMA PS1

Three short documentary films by Sarkis, Ida Biard, and David Ebony, comprise the heart of André Cadere’s retrospective. Without the evidence supplied by these films, and the photographs, letters, and caricatures attributed to the Belgian artist Jacques Charlier also included in the exhibition, the dozens of colored rods on display at P.S. I would have remained enigmatic baubles or, even worse, would have been mistaken for Minimalist sculptures. The status of these objects as instruments allied to a truly unique critical practice rather than “works” in a traditional sense, would have been entirely obscured. The first film, 1972, records the artist in the process of painting segments of walls or rails in the 16th arrondissement of Paris with an airbrush, and later on the scaffolding of the future Centre Georges Pompidou. The other two, dated 1974 and 1976 respectively, show Cadere armed

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