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Robert Beck

Susan Inglett Gallery

Robert Beck’s recent exhibition was a show of fragments, both in the sense that some of the individual pieces were components of larger, thematically based installations, and more important, in that each work comprised one term in an extended network of signification. The ten drawings contain figure numbers and references to sources ranging from a psychoanalytic tract by Lacan to a catalogue of hunting gear; some refer to narratives of the artist’s invention. They were grouped with four Polaroids: an architectural detail, a blank brick wall, a man lying with arm outstretched in a log cabin, and a cornfield.

Several of these untitled drawings are directly linked to earlier works such as November Spawned a Monster, 1993, and The Tail Gunner’s Vulgar Revenge, 1994, and along with the cornfield Polaroid—Untitled (Carroll County, MD, 11/13/96), 1997—they allude to the “Habeas Corpus” series.

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