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Thierry Kuntzel

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Death, so silky and seductive, has fueled centuries of visual art, from innumerable transcendent bleeding Christs to the gorgeous fatalistic flights of the Romantics. Thierry Kuntzel’s projected video triptych Winter (The Death of Robert Walser), 1990, the second section of his series “Quatre saisons moins une” (Four seasons less one), partakes of the legacy of art as mourning and melancholia. Ad Reinhardt’s paintings—so vast and glacial in their embrace of the end of everything—were concurrently exhibited at MoMA, offering an unexpectedly futile point of comparison for Kuntzel’s installation.

Kuntzel’s work, projected directly onto a wall of the Projects Gallery, consists of two large fields of color (constantly fading from deep cobalt to pale gray) that flank the central black and white image of Robert Mapplethorpe model Ken Moody (sleeping, dying, dead). The skin of these projections

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