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Claude Wampler

P.S. 122

One of the more interesting performances this season was Claude Wampler’s Blanket, The Surface of Her, not only because this thirty-one-year-old artist comes to the stage with training in numerous performance techniques—ballet, Butoh, opera, acting—but also because she knows obsessively well the work of her peers in contemporary art. The result was a polished, ninety-minute work that is truly of the moment in the way it captures the aesthetic mood of the present, particularly its high-fashion photographic quality and its languorous sexuality.

The concept behind Blanket began with a device that could have been disastrous; Wampler invited eight others whose work fascinated her—Aphex Twin/Richard D. James, Sylvie Fleury, Richard Foreman, Richard Kern, Paul McCarthy, Julia Scher, Romaine Slocombe, and Viktor & Rolf—to tell her what to do for ten minutes each. She imagined they would use her

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