Los Angeles

Jorge Pardo

Gagosian | Beverly Hills

In his first exhibition at this gallery, Jorge Pardo could be said to “deliver” without ever ceasing to hold back. First, there is the requisite upping of the ante, perfectly in keeping with the heightened expectations that come with this new territory, and then there is a deflation, also requisite. Pardo gives us a great deal to work with—perhaps too much—but pointedly leaves out the directions. Accordingly, the questions of what we should focus our attention on, how we should distinguish the fore-, middle-, and background, and where in the ensuing melee we stand are raised at every turn.

Overall, the show could be described as a kind of mise-en-sce`ne in which the tropes and conventions of installation art confront and ultimately reconcile with those of high-end commodity display. An advancing squadron of long, narrow tables in the main gallery recalls the military formations of Vanessa

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