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“The Rustle of Language”

Galleria Francesca Kaufmann

Taking its title, “The Rustle of Language,” from the collection of forty-five essays written by Roland Barthes between 1967 and 1980, this group show offered a study of the relationship between word and image in contemporary communication. By necessity, the works chosen showed tremendous variety. The exhibition began with two yellow polygons, painted on the wall next to a pair of plinths, also yellow, which in turn supported two monitors showing a loop of two different moments from a 1970 Carpenters concert in which Karen Carpenter performed the hit “Close to You.” The work in question, Candice Breitz’s Double Karen: Close to You, 1970–2000, is from Breitz’s 2000 series “Four Duets.” Arranged on the wall opposite the entrance were three drawings by Lily van der Stokker, one in acrylic on cardboard, one in marker and pen on paper, and one in acrylic on linen; made between 1989 and 1993,

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