New York

Gregor Schneider

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

“517 W. 24th,” Gregor Schneider’s first solo show in New York, was noteworthy not least because self-contained installations are unusual in his oeuvre. The German artist’s lifework is the Haus u r (ur-house), 1985–, an outwardly unassuming building in his hometown of Rheydt. For over fifteen years, he has been reconfiguring the interior of what was once his family’s home on Unterheydener Strasse, creating a morbidly unstable fun house of false walls and sealed chambers. He also makes videos and photographs in the house and duplicates its rooms in other locales—in 2001 his re-creation of sections from the Haus u r at the German pavilion of the Venice Biennale won the Golden Lion. In comparison with this obsessive, kaleidoscopic endeavor, “517 W. 24th” seemed temporally, spatially, and conceptually modest. Schneider simply conjured a thoroughly convincing architectural trompe l’oeil in the

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