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Tony Tasset

Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Pulling back the curtain that usually obscures the mechanics by which art is displayed, Tony Tasset presents presentation. In the process, he reveals connections between these usually anonymous procedures and the larger institution of art. His is an art of necessary deflation, a measured autopsy, that reveals and exposes the systems that sustain art’s autonomy.

Abstraction with Cardboard Corners (#3) (all works 1990), a work that consists of a rectangular slab of wood painted a creamy white, leans against a wall with its four corners sheathed in protective cardboard. Seemingly forgotten or set aside—caught in a vulnerable zone of meaninglessness—it patiently awaits transformation, via its positioning, into a privileged art object. By freezing the work in this limbo, Tasset quietly undercuts our Pavlovian expectations, forcing us to confront them via a circuitous route. Is the slab less a

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