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“None of the Above”

Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART

There were two ways to approach “None of the Above” at the Swiss Institute: You could study the checklist of the forty-nine works and diligently hunt for them all, or you could wander around the initially empty-looking gallery and find what you could find. Such was the nature of this exhibition—curated by John Armleder, founder of the Fluxus-inspired Geneva gallery Ecart—that you might emerge from it thinking that some ordinary objects in the space were art and overlooking some of the listed projects altogether. I was pretty sure, for example, that a regiment of out-of-commission poles linked by a velvet rope was an installation—a nonsensical barrier to a non-event. It was not.

In assembling the show, Armleder asked forty-seven artists for works that were either extremely small or immaterial to be installed in unconventional parts of the gallery. Some of these were hidden in plain sight

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