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Kelley Walker

Paula Cooper Gallery | 534 West 21st Street

In 1967, advertising guru George Lois launched a famous print and television campaign for Braniff Airlines in which celebrity odd couples (Bennett Cerf and Ethel Merman; Sonny Liston and Andy Warhol; Rex Reed and Mickey Rooney) chatted while perched on the airline’s fashionably upholstered seats. In his recent show at Paula Cooper, Kelley Walker appropriated imagery from the campaign for a series of digital prints and a take-away poster. The prints feature the slightly off-register layering of imagery that inevitably recalls Warhol silk screens, but with a difference: Each Braniff photo appeared to have been parsed into its original color separations (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), which were then reproduced one atop the other, thus evoking an industrial, rather than a studio-based, printing process.

The largest work in this series—a roughly eleven-by-ten-foot untitled canvas (all works

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