New York

Stephen Prina

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

Though historically Conceptual art protests the collusion of art and capital, at the close of a decade in which conceptual procedures have been recuperated by the market as the ultimate in severe chic, idea art often looks like the most thoroughly reified product of all. By contrast, the co-option of conventional paintings and sculptures seems an almost innocent affair. Stephen Prina’s self-consciously austere works are exemplary in the former respect: they deftly don the guises of criticality while maintaining a basically passive stance toward the apparatuses of the art industry.

Prina rehearses numerous conceptualist strategies: serialism, enumeration, systems, all in the paternal intonations of institutional critique. In Exquisite Corpse: the Complete Paintings of Manet, an ongoing project since 1988, Prina has created monochrome ink-wash surrogates for Manet’s entire corpus. Displayed

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