New York

“Project for a Revolution in New York”

Matthew Marks Gallery

Many galleries have upped the group show ante of late (particularly during the summer months) and, freed from the workaday routine of solo exhibitions, now offer group shows that aspire to the level of museum fare. Take “Project for a Revolution in New York,” which was on view in Matthew Marks’s West Twenty-fourth Street space. Curated by Mitchell Algus, a dealer known for his taste in and privileging of the overlooked and the eccentric, “Project for a Revolution in New York” was named for Alain Robbe-Grillet’s eponymous 1970 novel, and its object was to whet our taste for what Algus calls in his accompanying brochure “another history.”

This other history—one that existed despite (and perhaps to some degree against) the “American hegemonies,” as Algus puts it, of Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptual art, and Photorealism—is primarily European, and the group of artists he

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