New York

Tino Sehgal

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Given Tino Sehgal’s recent successes—mounting three exhibitions in as many years at the ICA in London; representing Germany at the 2005 Venice Biennale; and, last September, inaugurating what is billed as a “permanent evolving retrospective” at San Francisco’s CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts—it was difficult to approach This situation, 2007, unburdened by advance information. What one knew was likely to concern more than Sehgal’s self-described “constructed situations,” which are based on semiscripted actions by hired players. Anticipating his New York gallery debut, audiences had probably, paradoxically, also heard of the artist’s strategies for helping visitors come to his work in a state of beginner’s mind. He forbids photography, film, and sound recording. No written materials are offered, and his name is kept off the wall. It’s genius for generating buzz. In This situation

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