New York

John Knight

American Fine Arts

Since the late ’60s, John Knight has been producing a thoroughgoing, institutionally critical art, and in this show he continues his caustic, often brilliant interrogative practice with an installation that was as intellectually rigorous as it was seductive. Entering the gallery, one was immediately engulfed by the visual and olfactory extravaganza of twenty-seven floral arrangements that seemed momentarily to transform the exhibition space into a flower shop or a funeral parlor. Each bouquet was accompanied by a small card acknowledging the name of the lending institution, in each case a restaurant identified with the ever-expanding art world of Manhattan. In turn, a wall text in the gallery indicated that Knight had also installed museological plaques in each participating restaurant announcing the temporary loan of the floral display to the gallery for exhibition.

The project included

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