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“Make It Now”

SculptureCenter

SculptureCenter’s “Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York” arrived hot on the heels of two other exhibitions that purported to clue us in about the country’s two big art scenes: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center’s bloated “Greater New York 2005” and the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “THING: New Sculpture from Los Angeles.” While hardly perfect, “Make It Now” outdid its predecessors in one unexpected way: It plotted clear connections between the substance of local art and the environment in which it’s made. From Ester Partegàs’s tarp-covered, boarded-off Monument to the Truth, 2005, in the center’s yard, which echoed adjacent condo developments, to Bryan Savitz’s Submissive Compressions, 2005, a set of fanciful cityscapes made of discarded fruit and vegetable cartons—that is to say, from witty conceptualism to BFA-grade monkeying-around—the show’s concern with a recrudescence of form and tradition

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