New York

Tracey Emin

Lehmann Maupin | New York, W 24 Street

“Girl talk” never much enjoyed the prime-time exposure it has long deserved until last year, when the House Judiciary Committee chose to post transcripts of Monica Lewinsky’s intimate phone conversations with Linda Tripp on the Internet for all to read. I particularly liked the part where Tripp tells Lewinsky she’s starting to “think like him” and then muses over how she would like to kick him in the balls until they were flat like little pancakes. It’s a perfect example of the “discourse”: direct, uncensored, unfettered by gentility or reserve, and, when appropriate, graphically violent. Of course, we all know you should never kick anyone in the balls (even if it seems like a good idea at the time), but the point of “girl talk” is that the speech itself is liberating, even a substitute for action when action may be impossible.

We haven’t heard a lot of “girl talk” in the galleries of New

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