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Ugo Rondinone

Matthew Marks Gallery | 502 W. 22nd Street

Much of Ugo Rondinone’s work occupies the indeterminate space between standardized pop culture and high art (the latter category ever more difficult to locate). The Swiss artist is as well known for his Gesamkunstwerk-like engagements with cinematic spectacle and semiotic codes (for example, Roundelay, 2004, an immersive, multichannel video installation that intermixes tropes of Hollywood and of avant-garde and structuralist film in its portrayal of a man and a woman separately walking the streets of Paris as if heading for some star-crossed rendezvous) as he is for meticulous landscape drawings and scrupulously engineered sound works. Rondinone’s recent exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery, which at first glance appeared to be yet another reenactment of a painterly and sculptural endgame, was, on closer inspection, marked by a painstaking attention to process in the form of artisanal craft.

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