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Cecilia Vicuña

Art in General

The exhibition began before one reached the gallery, in the creaky old elevator that took a long time to rise. Passive and expectant, the viewer, who had yet to see anything, heard something instead—an ethereal trilling, a woman’s voice singing what could have been a lullaby in an unidentifiable language or an improvised melody. Spatially acute, emotionally direct, but physically elusive, Cecilia Vicuña’s Canto (all works 1999) is typical of this Chilean artist—a poet, performer, and sculptor whose work has been little seen in New York outside the 1997 Whitney Biennial. Produced by Art in General, in collaboration with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo and DiverseWorks Artspace in Houston, Vicuña’s recent show, “cloud-net,” offered a précis of a career that spans three decades and as many media.

The installation cloud-net filled the gallery space with what Vicuña calls the “

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