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Jiří David

Wannieck Gallery

In Prague, where Jiří David lives and works, he is already widely known. Zare (The Glow), 2000, the glowing neon crown of thorns he constructed above the roof of the classical exhibition and concert hall Rudolfinum, and Heart on the Castle, 2002, a gigantic red neon heart above Prague Castle, the center of power of the Czech Republic, have both left a lasting impression. He also continually attracts notice with his critiques of Czech cultural politics, published in the local press, decrying the country’s provincialism and dilettantism, which he feels have forced its artists into harmful isolation. Yet the true scope of David’s work is not widely understood. His recent exhibition, “I Do Not Remember, It Is Dangerous,” was astonishing. Who knew David was capable of such sensitivity? While still maintaining a level of reserve, the work presented here gave viewers access to the artist’s

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