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Walter Dahn

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

When Walter Dahn last exhibited in the United States five years ago, his reputation was closely identified with the then recent influx of German neo-Expressionist painting. At that time, his work was discussed in terms of its painterly style rather than its critical content. It is only now that the hype surrounding neo-Expressionist painting has subsided that we are able to grasp Dahn’s larger conceptual project. His recent exhibition of paintings and sculpture interweaves sociopolitical commentary with art-historical subversion, demonstrating the range of his critical agenda.

Dahn’s artistic process is best characterized as an excavation of Western culture’s material refuse and its reintroduction into culture. He admits human failure into his work in the form of the inevitable residue of obsolete material production. Refuse not only supplies the source for many of his images, it figures

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