new-york

Renée Green

Pat Hearn Gallery

Renée Green’s most recent installation, Partially Buried, 1996, worked both sides of Walter Benjamin’s well-worn dictum: “Allegories are, in the realm of thoughts, what ruins are in the realm of things.” Both sides, for Green’s installation functioned at once as an allegory of the current status and effectiveness of “site-specific” practices as well as a complex documentation of an actual art-historical ruin, Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed, 1970. Constructed as an illustration of the process of entropy, Smithson dumped earth on a woodshed standing on the Kent State University campus to the point that its central beam cracked. Soon afterward, the infamous Kent State massacre turned Smithson’s “non-monument” into a full-blown monument; this status, however, was short-lived. Only a few years later, the woodshed’s central beam completely collapsed, the university quietly had the

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