Philippe Parreno

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In December 2002, Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe retired Annlee, the Japanese anime character they’d bought the rights to in 1999 and who’d embodied personalities, narratives, and ideas for them and a slew of other artists. Her final incarnation as a fireworks display—sad-eyed head-and-shoulders only—took place at an art fair, the perfect place for a commercially acquired icon to bid us adieu.

But it’s hard to imagine such a useful tool (or “shell,” as Annlee was called, and gloomily called herself ) disappearing completely. And because repetition with alteration is a constant in Parreno’s work, she showed up in his most recent solo show, titled “Alien Seasons,” last May. The exhibition constituted less a group of works per se than a compendium of tropes and images—filmic and graphic—that had already appeared elsewhere (sometimes considerably altered, sometimes not). “Alien Seasons”

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