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Guillermo Kuitca

Sperone Westwater

Guillermo Kuitca is a fitting choice to inaugurate Sperone Westwater’s new Foster + Partners building on the Bowery, what with the artist’s long-standing representation by the gallery—this marks his eighth solo show—and even longer-standing interest in design. (The show also coincides with the national tour of Kuitca’s retrospective, organized by Douglas Dreishpoon, chief curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.) In the present context, Kuitca’s signature architectural iconography served not only to indicate the persistent nature of his practice, but also, and more unfortunately, to call further attention to the handsome if overgenerous eight-story setting. It was hard not to read into the diagrammatic floor plans in his paintings and drawings an almost deictic address to their surroundings. Even worse was the placement of Kuitca’s significant Le Sacre, 1992—a suite of fifty-four

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