Karen Kilimnik

Galerie Eva Presenhuber

The entrance to Karen Kilimnik’s exhibition featured a fake eighteenth-century portal made of colorful imitation marble. The title of this decorative piece of fanfare, The “Who Is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe” Bomb, 2008, plays on the 1978 satirical murder mystery film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, which tells of the rivalry between culinary innovators, murderers, and food critics. Such an allusion set the stage for yet another episode of Kilimnik’s continuing mise-en-scène of taste, in which autobiographical reflection and a tumult of cultural references tirelessly camouflage one another. The artist’s sentimental quotations have, over the course of nearly two decades, lost nothing of their ominous sophistication or the coy twinkle with which her unabashedly kitschy fantasies elude one’s grasp.

The presentation of this show relied on an elegant, neoclassical mode. Fifteen

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