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Kristian Kozul

Goff + Rosenthal

In his first solo exhibition in the US, Croatian artist Kristian Kozul surrendered completely to the allure of the American cowboy. But rather than fetishizing the dust and drought of the old West, he glams up the cowboy’s grit with sequins and studs. Of course, the cowboy has always been something of a dandy, with his embroidered button-downs, starched Wranglers, ostentatious belt buckles, and heeled boots, and the Marlboro Man’s ruggedness has always been as much a performance as the Rhinestone Cowboy’s glamour. Kozul’s gallery presentation of a pair of boots and a hat, star-spangled in red, white, and blue sequins, and a saddle, similarly resplendent in sequins and feathers but marred by rows of spikes along the seat and fender, turns the cowboy into something ridiculous and even a little sinister, not least for the aggressive patriotism he invokes.

But sparkling as they may have been,

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