New York

Carter Kustera

Josh Baer Gallery

The vital impetus behind Carter Kustera’s art is assassination. In 1991 the artist killed off his former self (Kevin Carter), and the ensuing funeral served as a sort of social debut for his current self (Carter Kustera). In 1992 he titled a show “Domicide” and aimed heat lamps at a life-size wax sculpture entitled, appropriately enough, The Disappearing Family. So what did his new show, “Based on a True Story,” have on its hit list?

Each of Kustera’s new works gives physical form to a story that purports to be “true.” However, these stories vary widely in their credibility: Based on a True Story #12: Mass Hypnosis: Rodney King/L.A. Riot, 1992–93, deals with a story that most would agree to be “true,” although open to interpretation; Based on a True Story #10: Frozen Disney, 1992–93, incarnates the story of Walt Disney’s cryogenic suspension, which most of us would agree to be apocryphal

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