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Douglas Huebler

Holly Solomon Gallery

This survey of 12 works offers a concise overview of Douglas Huebler’s oeuvre and suggests a revaluation of this generally underrated artist. Huebler is best known as a member of Seth Siegelaub’s core group of Conceptualists, and especially for his early statement that “the world is full of objects, I do not wish to add anymore”—a manifesto some considered hypocritical in light of his subsequent output. Interpreting that stance too literally, however, overlooks its status as an exemplary conceptual gesture, as well as its broader expression of a general ecological economy. At the very least this position went against the grain of Clement Greenberg’s positivist divide-and-conquer legacy then prevalent in American art.

Destabilization constitutes the inherent challenge of Huebler’s esthetic, the unpredictability with which the objects of empiricism and those of imagination might trade places.

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