Jorge Pardo

Petzel Gallery | East 67th Street

The book that Jorge Pardo has produced is really very pretty—its fluorescent-colored pages studded with pop-out paper disks and its accordian-pleated, vellum centerfold printed primarily with schematic elevational drawings of an architectural structure. Displayed on the floor of an otherwise empty gallery, its pages fully extended and resting on the paper disks, it looked for all the world as though Pardo had joined the ranks of the “artist’s book” guild whose members busy themselves “challenging the boundaries” of the book form. Is Pardo’s well-crafted object simply an “artist’s book”? Is the book actually sculpture? Or the sculpture possibly Conceptual art? In each instance, the answer is both Yes and No, although guessing games based on categorical distinctions play out rather quickly and leave the generous viewer looking for more than initially meets the eye.

Pardo, who has made something

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