reviews

  • “Art at the Edge of the Law”

    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

    The fact that artists respond to and intervene against legal structures is not exactly groundbreaking news; the mores of legalistic bourgeois societies—and the transgression of them—have been central (if not the central) subjects of art since earliest modernism. Today even the least engagé abstractionist operates against a cultural backdrop littered with agitprop, and a number of recent and not-so-recent censorship cases still rankle. Thus, to make their show compelling, Aldrich assistant director Richard Klein and associate curator Jessica Hough faced two imperatives: They needed to focus

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