New York

Lydia Schouten

Julie Saul Gallery

Lydia Schouten’s debut exhibition in New York (she’s Dutch and has exhibited for years throughout Europe) was a single installation originally created in 1990 for a European gallery. The installation, Celebrating My 40th Birthday Alone at the Blue Hotel Room, 1990–93, featured a latex cast of the artist’s face tucked into a luminous-green plastic bed, surrounded by TV-generated images of killers and their victims. These images were framed on the walls, with texts taken from personal ads—such as “A Younger Man Seeks Older Woman . . .”—superimposed over them. The victims were visible on small underlit round tables with diaphanous skirts. On a night table on either side of the bed, Schouten had printed tales of violent crime. It was a busy, text-driven installation, but despite the wealth of reading material, the image of the glowing bed and luminous tables lingered long afterwards,

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