Chicago

Charles Wilson

Dart Gallery

Charles Wilson makes art that is monumental in at least two senses: it is ambitious in terms of scale, but also in its intent and articulation. Wilson’s art visits and revisits those places and events where the human spirit reveals itself, functioning as a needed corrective to our culture’s omnipresent will to forget. He makes historical markers, art objects that speak of the awful weight of history, of our need to remember, and through remembering, to understand.

Four of the five objects shown here were photographic in nature. Sometimes these images are simply matted and framed; more often, however, they are mounted on a skin of fiberglass set above a metal armature. Auschwitz/Berlin, 1990–91, places a recent photograph of the entryway to the concentration camp next to a photo of a side street in Berlin where a small section of the Wall is being removed. Though the gate of Auschwitz is

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