New York

Alex Bag

American Fine Arts at P.H.A.G.

Alex Bag's turf in the New York art world is comparable to Ann Magnuson's in the '80s and William Wegman's in the '70s: She is the artist who makes artists laugh, clueing in to their culture while sending it up, in Bag's case quite ruthlessly. Wegman's much loved videos starring his weimaraner Man Ray fed off the studio chat of the day; to pose the dog on a box was to poke fond fun at uncountable discussions of the role of the pedestal in sculpture. Similarly, the lounge act Magnuson once staged in the elevator at the Whitney Museum of American Art seemed to index what happened to art in the glamorous '80s, after a period of idealist seriousness. Bag, in turn, finds targets in the art scene we know and love—though whether or not we still love it after seeing her merciless videos may depend on our native generosity.

Bag's art-world pieces are predictably art-world favorites, but her recent

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