ridgefield

“Landscape Reclaimed”

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

“Landscape Reclaimed,” a consistently smart show comprising the responses of twenty conceptual artists to “landscape” and curated by Harry Philbrick, took full advantage of its site: a museum surrounded by aging, underappreciated Minimalist sculpture and sweeping suburban lawns generously punctuated with Dole/Kemp signs—in short, a site just waiting for Komar & Melamid to stage a local version of their America’s Most Wanted, 1994–. And that’s just what happened. Of the twenty artists represented in this show, it was the Soviet-born duo that engaged the community most directly with their sublimely ironic tribute to participatory democracy, Ridgefield’s Most Wanted, 1996. Its contents entirely determined by a New England town meeting, this large mural hung on a convex surface (to create the effect of being surrounded by Ridgefield). It featured a giant Hudson River School oak tree in the

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