Rina Banerjee

Admit One Gallery / Debs & Co.

RINA BANERJEE WAS ONE OF THOSE new faces that got lost in the crowd at this year's Whitney Biennial. Her sculpture went unmentioned in most reviews, and where her presence was noted, she must have regretted it: Jerry Saltz, for instance, discussed her work in terms of “generic installation art” in his review for the Village Voice. But a recent full-scale solo show and a simultaneous project-room installation have brought her work into focus for those of us who gave her short shrift earlier in the year, and it turns out to be a compelling mix of visual pungency and literary guile, a subtle blend of sensuality and irony.

Yet even when seen in quantity, Banerjee's work remains as elusive as it is vivid, which may be why it did not attract much notice in the mob scene of a Biennial. The way her sculptures hug the wall suggests an aversion to drawing too much attention. The identity of each

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