reviews

  • Peter Fischli and David Weiss

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

    Though articulated around a single new work, Món visible (Visible world), 2000, Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s MACBA exhibition of the same name took on a selectively retrospective character. Indeed, the imposing centerpiece (realized in an edition of three and shown simultaneously at ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) acted as a survey in itself: Fourteen vitrine-like light-box tables lined up in the dark displayed 2,800 slides taken by the duo since 1987, images recalling stock tourist snapshots that range from sunsets to farm animals to the Sphinx.

    This show, the artists’ first in

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  • Philippe Thomas

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

    This review is born of an error. It should not refer to the exhibition of the artist Philippe Thomas (1951–95), because artists make works, and it seems that Thomas never made any. This is not a simple paradox. And yet, looking around the galleries of MACBA, we saw a series of things on the walls and on the floor that we were tempted to call art. Once again we might have been mistaken.

    Thomas sought to erode the concept of authorship. In this sense, his work can be understood as a series of conceptual propositions that question the institutions belonging to the system of art. The sacralization

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