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Martin Creed

Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard/508 West 25th Street

“Feelings,” British artist Martin Creed’s first retrospective in North America, was noisy, chaotic, hyperactive, circuslike, funny, stupid, clever, provocative, elegant, and annoying—none of which qualities jibe with the sensitivity alluded to by the title. Creed’s verbal and visual jokes, far from simply describing physical sensations or emotional states, often mark the distance between historically informed maneuvers and genial allusions to intimate personal experience.

Presented in two concurrent parts (at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies [CCS], along with a two-work Manhattan component titled “Small Things,” installed in a Chelsea parking lot), the show featured a few early works—a pair of unassuming paintings, a modest brass sculpture, and an early neon—that give no hint of the raucousness to come. Most of the work was recent and included drawing, painting, sculpture,

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