Los Angeles

Katie Grinnan


Katie Grinnan’s recent exhibition was called “Cheerleaders and Bandwagons.” Her choice of a title with such a distinctly American ring to it made perfect sense, given that the sculptural gymnastics that define her latest works not only resonate with the country’s current antics on the global geopolitical stage but also engage in the near-universal tradition that Americans have managed to turn into a national fetish: honoring one’s forefathers.

The forefathers (and mothers) in question are an odd lot—some hail from the mists of history, others from the generation whose work was in play when Grinnan was born, in 1970: Pop artists, Minimalists, and Expanded Field sculptors. In this show, Grinnan emerges as among the most sophisticated of a gaggle of artists of her generation who share a predilection for time-travel in their quest to consume previous eras’ takes on the ideas and potentialities

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