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“Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time)”

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

It takes gall, balls, or copious amounts of irony to call an art exhibit “Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time).” When such weighty words as “real” get bandied about, you can barely speak in anything other than gross generalizations; for example, “Interspersing On Kawara’s famous date paintings with photographs ranging from a 1966 work by Dan Graham to a 1993 picture by Robert Barry, this exhibition (curated by Robert Nickas) explores the relationship between art and the real world for the last three decades. The earlier photographs in the show confront the real world head-on, as in Garry Winogrand’s hard-hitting depiction of a bloodied protester in Demonstration Outside Madison Square Garden, New York, 1968, and Larry Clark’s unflinching portrayal of teenage sex and drug use in a well-known picture from 1971. But as the years pass and you discover the artifice of Cindy Sherman’s film

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