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  • Ryan Gander

    Annet Gelink Gallery

    In much modern art, the beholder is “given” suggestive elements—such as a waterfall and illuminating gas—without much guidance toward an authoritative interpretation. Ryan Gander presents himself as a fervent proponent of this open-ended aesthetic: In a catalogue text accompanying his 2005 installation The Alpinist, Gander explained that the visitors were “given” a year (in the future), a character (an Alpinist), five hundred “completely alien” objects (seemingly made from concrete), and, lastly, moonlight. Gander closed his statement by asking “What would you give in return?” It is a question

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