New York

Jene Highstein

Ace Gallery

Jene Highstein exhibited eight large sculptures in this show, most made on site in the gallery and destined to be destroyed after the exhibition, as they were too large to be moved in or out of even this commodious space. While not a retrospective per se, the exhibition did include 1996 versions of pieces originally executed in 1972, 1974, and 1975 along with more recent work (as well as drawings based loosely on both the older and newer sculpture).

Halves—two half-cylinders of Cor-Ten steel, 85 inches tall by 42 inches wide, facing each other—was first built in 1972 and initially exhibited, at 112 Greene Street, in 1973. The piece reminds us of Highstein’s place in the history of ’70s sculpture. While his early work has often been considered in relation to Minimal sculpture, his style, as in Halves, with its implication of two people standing within the two half-cylinders, facing and

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