New York

“White Noise”

James Cohan | Tribeca

Another group show based on the to-and-fro between artists and music and musicians and art, “White Noise” boasted a solid cross section of youngish musicians (Jason Ajemian, Brendan Fowler, Mario Diaz de León), visual artists from older generations with a verifiable interest in rock music (Robert Smithson, Raymond Pettibon), and figures who work extensively in both media (Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay, Jutta Koether, Rodney Graham, Emily Sundblad). By raising expectations of sonic overlap in the title, curator Elyse Goldberg acknowledged the difficulties in containing individual sounds in an exhibition setting: There was little chance of any work’s sound being cordoned off and kept discrete from its neighbors’. The lack of sonic enclosure was underlined by a pair of speakers outside the gallery emitting the noise of the post-punk band the Bush Tetras, Louise Lawler’s birdcalls, and a CD

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