New York

Christian Marclay

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

If one could make a diagram of the way Christian Marclay thinks, it might look something like the family tree of the royals, with crossing arrows linking cousins and in-laws: Fluxus here, Brancusi there, Duchamp, punk, John Cage, noise music, hip-hop, Vito Acconci, Structuralist film, and much, much more. Marclay is constantly sampling from all over the place to create a seamless and original combination of material that conjures up art, film, and music history, both distant and recent, as well as current events. Add a reliance on visual stimuli and an irrepressible sense of rhythm and you get a portrait of an artist whose work has grown over two decades into a lyrical rendering of the marriage between music and art.

The centerpiece of Marclay’s recent exhibition is a perfect example of the artist’s grasp of this relationship. A well-proportioned stage (possibly the best use yet of Chelsea’s

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