New York

Kerri Scharlin

Wooster Gardens

Kerri Scharlin considers herself a conceptual artist; in a generous mood, I would concede she’s a rather clever impresario. As creative director of her very own Kerri culture industry, Scharlin has asked her friends to give physical descriptions of herself to police sketch artists; has posed for life-drawing classes; has hired the creator of a Barbie coloring book to do a similar publication with Kerri as protoganist; and has commissioned a battery of feature writers and designers to create glossy-magazine profiles of herself. The results have all been exhibited as her “artwork.” For her most recent project, Diary, 1997, Scharlin hired six television producers/ writers to develop five-minute episodes about a New York–based conceptual artist named, you guessed it, Kerri. The scenarios for each episode were pages torn from Scharlin’s diary. In the first part of the exhibition itself, Scharlin

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