New York

Joyce Kozloff

DC Moore Gallery

A map is a practical tool, but it is also a picture, and an inescapably romantic one. For it always intimates both travel to places one might visit and imaginings about places one has never been, all evoked through visual contours and through names in every language of the globe, living as well as forgotten. Make the map antique and the fantasy intensifies: On the one hand, all the hard information is out-of-date and useless; on the other, the map becomes an image not just of a landscape but of a way of seeing, a trace of a former, now inaccessible understanding of the world’s shape.

Joyce Kozloff’s “Knowledge” project, a series of copies of maps dating from the second century A.D. to around the early 1800s, heightens this imaginary quality, partly through the medium—fresco, a novel technique for cartography—partly through the oddity of the details Kozloff uses. In one map, it is Cuba, not

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