New York

Walead Beshty


Walead Beshty has no shortage of ideas. Hot on the heels of a solo exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles–based artist’s second solo show at Wallspace, “The Maker and the Model,” was an eclectic collection of homages and footnotes to the work of (among others) Le Corbusier and Man Ray. Cutting across several media, including photograms, sculptures, and an ink-jet print (the last in the form of a limited edition on sale for forty bucks a square foot), it was also a demonstration of the artist’s conceptual promiscuity.

By far the most striking piece in the show was New York, New York, 2006, a clever riff on Man Ray’s iconic sculpture New York, 1917. Man Ray’s original structure comprises slats of chromed and painted bronze of varying lengths held together by a clamp to make a skyscraper- like form. Beshty’s version, two abstracted gilded buildings, doubles the original’s

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