New York

“Quiet Politics”

Zwirner & Wirth

The terms quiet and politics usually have very little to do with one another, yet this group exhibition attempted to reconcile them, to demonstrate in a sense that still waters can run deep. While the show proposed that even the simplest gesture can be an act of political resistance, the works by twelve artists here were mostly either restrained or offered only loose ties to activism, with standouts by Rosemarie Trockel (one of just four women in this show, a bothersome disparity) and David Hammons. More regrettably, however, it failed to address, either directly or obliquely, the significance of this election year, and, even granting that subtlety was the very point, seemed curiously lacking in gusto for a show about political art mounted in the thick of one of the highest-stakes presidential races in American history.

Up first was a work by the young artist Michael Brown that features a

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