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Katy Schimert

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

CASTS OF ANTIQUE STATUARY have formed the backbone of artists' education since the late Renaissance. Gathered in laboratory-like settings of ateliers and arts academies across Europe and the Americas, such figurative models demonstrate the standards of excellence according to which generations of artists learn the classical idioms of beauty and perfection. Katy Schimert takes this paradigm as a starting point for her investigations of the classical tradition's pervasive influence on our cultural psyche. For her recent exhibition she sculpted various body parts in clay, cast them in ceramic, and glazed them to an opalescent gunmetal finish, then used them as modular elements in two distinct yet interdependent installations (all works 2001). The arrangement in the first gallery evoked the sterile presentation typical of study collections. On a series of pedestals Schimert offered an arm,

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