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Tony Tasset

Feigen Contemporary

Back in the ’80s, at least for a little while, Tony Tasset was one of a number of artists playing games with the heritage of Minimalism, building cubes and boxes that made you think of Donald Judd and then upholstering them plushly in leather. Turning a supposedly primary structure into something like a rich uncle’s ottoman, Tasset might have been seen as just a prankish kid sassing his elders, and the work was, in fact, pretty funny—but it was also elegantly executed and art historically informed (I particularly remember some canny puns on seriality), pointing toward not only a ’60s Minimalist like Judd but also a ’70s post-Minimalist like Scott Burton and an ’80s commodity artist like Jeff Koons or Haim Steinbach. In retrospect, though, as interesting as anything about this art is the fact that it bears so little resemblance to what has come next. Like Charles Ray, Tasset turns out to

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