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Rachel Feinstein

Marianne Boesky Gallery

The announcement for Rachel Feinstein’s second solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery featured neither the artist’s trademark brummagem-Baroque sculptures nor her lesser-known paintings. Rather, the oversize folded mailer reproduced a photograph that, though not included in the show, clearly informed it. A very old woman, wearing a pristine fur coat and enormous, lilac-tinted, bug-eye shades beams at us. Her getup is impeccable: A crisp white cuff peeks from beneath the fur, and she sports an enormous ring with a squarish aqua gem that covers the breadth of two fingers. Dark red lipstick limns her mouth, and auburn ringlets cascade down to the center of her back.

The costume and pose are in fact a nearly identical copy of Feinstein’s own appearance in a Marc Jacobs ad from last season (the look of which was itself apparently borrowed from a painting by her husband, John Currin). Yet,

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