North Adams

Spencer Finch

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)

What better subject for a summer exhibition in a museum located near the picturesque Berkshires than the art of Spencer Finch, which deals in the observation of weather and natural light? Here, Finch shows four installations produced this year, two of them being exhibited for the first time, and a new assemblage involving filtered fluorescent light, all of them—as is now customary for the artist—alluding to the environmental conditions of specific times and places. (A selection of earlier works—drawings, watercolors, lightbulb and neon assemblages—is also on show).

Facing Mass MOCA’s courtyard entrance is CIE 529/418 (candlelight), 2007, a wall inset with six stained-glass windows in different monochrome shades (the title refers to a degree of color and intensity). While dull-looking from outside, seen from inside the gallery, CIE turns sunlight into intense, radiant color. In another room

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