Pipilotti Rist

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

That the opening of Pipilotti Rist’s “Heroes of Birth”—the artist’s third solo exhibition at Luhring Augustine—coincided with both fashion week and the ninth anniversary of the events of September 11 is perhaps no more than that: coincidence. But given Rist’s attention to the twin towers in her 2004 outing for the gallery (at the time, she described the show, titled “Herbstzeitlose,” as embodying a kind of offering to a New York that still felt to her on its knees), it’s hard not to think of the events of 2001 as forming a kind of backdrop here as well. In fact, the connection verges on being explicit in the first piece viewers encountered, an altar accompanied by a three-screen video depicting schematic, abstract images of the body and titled All or Nothing (all works 2010). As for fashion week, Rist effortlessly presented her particular brand of foil, insisting on a visual pleasure

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