New York

Tris Vonna-Michell

X Initiative

If I were Tris Vonna-Michell, I might be tempted to use this occasion to embark upon an abridged, extemporaneous ramble about the convoluted path to my first New York solo exhibition, at X Initiative, with sashays through the New Museum’s “Younger Than Jesus,” the Third Yokohama Triennale, and the Fifth Berlin Biennial. (I’d probably go a little over word count.) I might write it all down and, in a Burroughsian frenzy, rip it up and reassemble the bits into a collagist narrative. This is not an entirely unappealing proposition for a review, and in fact the ambling, backward-looking, and partial character of Vonna-Michell’s recent installation at X Initiative (a fittingly transitory nonprofit housed in Chelsea’s former Dia outpost) almost authorizes such an approach. Thankfully, reviewers have editors to assert limits, to defend certain standards of coherence and objectivity. And thankfully—from

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