Washington, DC

Christian Marclay

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Christian Marclay’s work has an immediacy that results from his focus on music and popular music culture. Records, record jackets, audio speakers, and similar found objects form the bulk of the more than 40 pieces from the last decade exhibited here. “Recycled Records” 1980–86, is a series of works realized by reassembling pieces cut from records of various colors. Some of these pieces incorporate photographs, and the results range from collaged images of pop singers such as Elvis to white crossbones on a black ground. Though ’60s nostalgia colors Marclay’s entire oeuvre, his work addresses a much wider and more diverse spectrum of culture.

In Door, 1980, two violin f-holes have been cut into an old door leaning casually against the gallery wall. The obvious references to Man Ray, Ingres, and music have been conflated into an iconic image animated less by ’60s nostalgia than by general

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