new-york

Hirsch Perlman

Robert Miller Gallery

Hirsch Perlman exhibits regularly but infrequently in New York—it’s been six years since he participated in the Whitney Biennial and more than a decade since his last solo show here. These time lapses are sufficient almost to allow us to forget about his practice, an effect that complements the already spare means and demeanor of his art and ratifies his preference for understatement. Perlman’s use of ephemeral materials, simple black-and-white photography, and text dates back to the ’80s and aligns itself with vintage Conceptualism’s promotion of ideas over objects. True to form, he often makes use of pure information as medium and subject. An installation in his recent exhibition is shaped by strict functionality, offering copies of the hefty US Army Counterinsurgency Manual for twenty-nine dollars each, with the proceeds to benefit the Center for Constitutional Rights, and National

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