New York

Anne Daems

Nicole Klagsbrun

Focusing on ephemeral minutiae, Anne Daems clearly fancies herself a poet of the everyday. Working in a variety of media, she aims to tease out neglected moments of beauty from her surroundings, whether urban, quasi-rural, or studio-interior. The aim is a laudable one, with endless precedents, but the Belgian artist relies on a level of trust in her particular vision that feels, as yet, unearned. Rather than encouraging viewers to take a fresh look at the world, she might instead leave them with a slight sense of having been condescended to.

In “Parsley and Pearls,” her recent US solo debut, Daems interspersed photographs, prints, drawings, and a video in an installation that felt, in spite of the number of works included, stretched a little thin. “72 Girls and Some Boys Who Could Be Models,” 2007, is a series of color photographs depicting the beautiful youth of Manhattan. These delicate

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