New York

Sam Taylor-Wood

Matthew Marks Gallery

Sam Taylor-Wood’s installation Third Party, 1999, surrounds visitors with action and din: Seven DVD projections (transferred from 16 mm film) play on the four walls of a darkened room, each image showing a separate fragment of a noisy party. You hear that noise on the sound track—the percolating buzz of a crowd, with drinks flowing, talk popping, and dance music jerking you around, all bass and beat. As if at a real party, you have to decide where to spend your capital of attention. The largest image is a likely first choice: It shows the singer Marianne Faithfull, always magnetic to the eye. Watching her sit and smoke, though, you eventually realize that she too is watching, and you turn elsewhere to find out what she sees.

The party, it turns out, has a plot: the messy tension between a husband and his wife, who is flirting with another man. The three appear on different walls, entering

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