New York

Eric Anglès and Matt Sheridan Smith

Cohan and Leslie

By chance, my initial visit to Eric Anglès and Matt Sheridan Smith’s combined solo debuts at Cohan and Leslie was on a Wednesday. Ordinarily, perhaps, this would be an irrelevant detail, but here my timing meant that I was present for the full implementation of the artists’ one collaborative work, Closed on Wednesdays, 2007.

Not that it would have been difficult to visualize the effect if one were to arrive on, say, a Friday. The work, comprising a red velvet rope that cordoned off the (empty) back gallery, was simply looped back on its hook on other days. On Wednesdays, the closure was largely ineffectual anyway. But that was hardly the point. As with the other works in the exhibition, it was the thought that counted, and in this case Anglès and Smith were more interested in examining “the essence” of closure, the engines of desire and disappointment fueled by occlusion—even when, as in

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