New York

Kay Rosen

Yvon Lambert New York

Is it possible to communicate with phrases, words, and letters in a postlinguistic way? Is the act of reading, per se, a visual, cognitive, linguistic, or other type of experience? Such are the questions elicited by Kay Rosen’s exquisitely calibrated language-based works. She can be linked to that foundational generation of Conceptualists from the 1960s, including Lawrence Weiner, Robert Barry, and Joseph Kosuth, who utilized linguistic systems (not merely text) as a ground of philosophical and perceptual inquiry and, arguably, the basis of a new aesthetic.

In “Scareful!,” an exhibition made up of recent small canvases, a work on paper, and larger-scale wall paintings (and done in conjunction with Alexander Gray Associates, where an older installation was shown), Rosen wryly suggests that with language there is always more and less than meets the eye. The show gains centrifugal force around

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