New York

Michael Krebber

Greene Naftali Gallery

Ten years after his last New York solo show, Michael Krebber returned with an installation called Flaggs (Against Nature), 2003, that might have been a bit perplexing for an audience unfamiliar with his work. Krebber has been well known in Germany since the mid-’80s as an erstwhile assistant to Martin Kippenberger; he might even be considered the latter’s alter ego. If Kippenberger was the brash, satirical commentator on art-world politics, the description goes, then Krebber was the quiet but influential Conceptualist behind the scenes. But as Merlin Carpenter, another former Kippenberger studio hand, has recently written, Kippenberger cribbed some of his best ideas from Krebber. One hopes this new work will be the first step in convincing a US audience that Krebber needs to be taken seriously as a subtler but truly engaging alternative to his alleged mentor.

Part of the difficulty posed

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