Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

Donald Young Gallery

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle has probably passed enough professional milestones—participation in Documenta (in 2007), the Whitney Biennial (in 2000), and various other exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world; receipt of a MacArthur “genius” grant—to indulge himself in a one-liner. Dirty Bomb, 2008, is a full-scale replica of Fat Man, the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in August 1945, immaculately translated by the artist into white fiberglass and aluminum. Suspended from the ceiling, the bulbous, dirigible-shaped colossus has mud slathering its otherwise pristine snout, much of it dripping to the floor. There’s undoubtedly precious little humor in the arena of dirty bombs, but however much there is Manglano-Ovalle manages to suggest in this somewhat obvious visual pun. Fat Man, though, was the last nuclear weapon actually employed in warfare, and rendering it now as a crisply

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