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Jack Pierson

Cheim & Read

Jack Pierson’s latest exhibition comprised three installation spaces, each captioned with a new signage work. Mismatched gold letters (with a white neon T to start) spell out TO YOUTH (all works 2003), both homage and indicator of loss. This hung adjacent to A Vignette Contrived of Various Objects Depicting the Artist in His Fortieth Year, a tableau of an artful life that announces its affinity with window display. Within a sleek, freestanding metal frame, a selection of furnishings and curios—a David Hockney etching of young male lovers, a bust of Apollo (the original “Greek god”) garlanded with roped cowry beads, a headless body of a once fabulous wooden carousel horse cradled on a tattered loveseat—outline the dimensions of a virtual interior. At play in the vicissitudes of youth and decrepitude is the perpetual subject of Pierson’s work: belligerent or beleaguered, the glam queen,

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