New York

Stanley Brouwn

Yvon Lambert New York

This exhibition was Stanley Brouwn’s first New York outing since 2002, although a clutch of recent European shows indicate his gradual reappearance on the institutional radar over the past few years. Brouwn never really disappeared; he’s just notoriously reclusive (no photographs, no reproductions, no interviews) and, to judge from the international locales referenced in the work on view, always on the move. He continues to make diagrammatic drawings that employ the units of measurement—based on the proportions of his own body—that he developed in the early 1960s, but the fifteen works on view here, dating from 1999 to 2005, also recruit comparable systems used (often centuries ago) in the places to which he’s been traveling.

Although affiliated with the Dutch arm of Fluxus, Brouwn has always been more of a stone soup Conceptualist: Earlier projects evoked Vito Acconci’s step-counting,

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