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Rivane Neuenschwander

New Museum

An introductory catalogue text for “A Day Like Any Other,” a mid-career survey of work by Rivane Neuenschwander, makes the rather obvious point that the circle is one of the artist’s favored motifs. It does appear frequently: as a soap bubble, as bucket rims, as dots, as zeros, and as holes punched in film. Although there is something at once too hardworking and too easy about the circle—able as it is, in its emptiness and suggestiveness, to carry all manner of allusive weight—this exhibition sets up a neat formal and metaphysical call-and-response that lifts the shape from the realm of symbolic catchall.

In Neuenschwander’s hands the circle often functions as a portal linking two things, as in As mil e uma noites possíveis (One Thousand and One Possible Nights), 2008, a set of eighty-nine collages, one for each day the exhibition is open, in which tiny circles punched from the pages of A

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