new-york

Andrea Bowers

Sara Meltzer Gallery

Andrea Bowers’s art wears its influences on its sleeve. References to Minimalist dance and sculpture abound in the Los Angeles–based artist’s third New York solo exhibition: Robert Morris, Yvonne Rainer, and Simone Forti were all touchstones here, though Donald Judd seemed the true guiding spirit. Indeed, in a grid of source material Bowers framed as part of the show, a quotation by Judd looms large: “Form is a wobbly word to use because form and content is a false division derived from another false division, thought and feeling.” Following this logic, Bowers has made the investigation of “false divisions” the subject of her art, though she updates Judd’s terms for the contemporary situation. In previous works—specifically videos and drawings of crowds at sporting events—Bowers explored the divisions between individual and collective identity by focusing on the contingencies of

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