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Gotscho

Grey Art Gallery

Even before encountering the works in Gotscho’s exhibition “Skins,” the visitor was confronted by his presence. In all the material accompanying this exhibition, the artist presented a single image of himself naked, shorn of all body hair, muscles bulging, triumphantly lifting a barbell over his head in moody semidarkness. This French body-builder, modiste, and artist is often—in hyperbolic Parisian fashion—flatteringly compared to historical giants and mythic figures, but to Americans his most distinguishing feature is a striking resemblance to Mr. Clean.

This emphasis on surface presentation is also characteristic of his work. The gallery lighting was extremely low, the installation suffused with the theatricality of an empty set. In an intimation of human skin, 30 jackets ranging in color from ivory to black hung together on one wall, their eviscerated linings hanging limply to the

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