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“Putt-Modernism”

Artists Space Exhibitions

When 18 artists design holes for a putt-putt golf course, do you simply rent a putter and check your high-falutin’ esthetics at the door? Or do you search for deeper meanings here—a critique of art as leisure activity, a meditation on the putter as phallus or on the hole as lack? Faced with determining whether this was just summer fun or a serious exhibit, your intrepid reviewer gathered the opinions of a number of different putters and presents a selection of their views in lieu of his own.

Hole 4: Mel Chin, Shelter (par 2). Popularly called the “Gulf War Hole.” You putted into a blown-out bunker and aimed for a hole inside of which played a video of a Desert Storm air attack. Here, a man who identified himself only as El Conquistador boasted of his putting abilities, proceeded to take five strokes to sink his ball, and then declared: “I am El Conquistador! A hole in one!”

Hole 12: Cindy

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