New York

Heimo Zobernig

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Heimo Zobernig’s recent exhibition at Friedrich Petzel Gallery was his solo debut there, but it was not the first time that the Austrian artist had paraded his naked body about: His 1996 show at the Renaissance Society in Chicago featured Nr. 12, 1996, a deadpan video intervention that appeared to show Zobernig walking, in his birthday suit, through the streets of the Windy City (blue-screen technology was used to create the effect, as it was actually shot inside the building). This injection of “naked” urbanism into the not-so-naked frame of the gallery suggested the stripped-down figure of the artist-as-flaneur-in-the-buff parading another form of sly institutional critique. And in 2003, at Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, he exhibited a life-size, full-body department store mannequin made into a self-portrait.

In this show, Zobernig presented Nr. 24, 2007, a video wherein he once again

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