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Glen Seator

Burnett Miller Gallery

Art dealers, are, at the very least, baby-sitters for artworks. Like any caretaker, the gallerist is entrusted with valuables too vulnerable to be left unguarded. It’s his or her job to watch over the fragile products brought in by hardworking artists, and, if necessary, to coddle these objects—to water them or dust them, plug them in or switch them off. It’s no wonder, then, that so many artists fixate on gallery and dealer, making works that incorporate the architecture of the space or bring the viewer’s attention to the guy (or gal) in the back office.

In Cabinet, 1995, Glen Seator reconstructed the gallerist’s private office and placed it at an angle inside the main gallery. This well-crafted object dominated the space, bringing to mind Dorothy’s windblown Kansas residence, as well as the natural disasters that frequently sweep Southern California. On paper, such an intervention may

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