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Anthony Goicolea

Postmasters

The adolescent male fantasies and youth-obsessed sensuality that imbue much of Anthony Goicolea’s art have often made his work seem to add up to little more than eye candy. The 2001–2002 “Detention” series, for example, comprises digitally manipulated photographs in which schoolboy clones of the artist pose in various fanciful settings. This show encouraged a new look at his work, revealing a more serious side to his biography-driven practice.

Titled “Once Removed,” the exhibition was—like two gallery presentations earlier this year in London and Los Angeles, and a show in spring at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art—a product of Goicolea’s first trip to Havana, where his parents and grandparents once lived. The body of work created after this 2008 visit includes drawings of old family photographs and pictures taken during his stay, as well as a family tree and other more personal

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