new-york

Sarah Sze

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Five years have passed since Sarah Sze’s last New York gallery show, and she took her most recent exhibition as an opportunity to fill Tanya Bonakdar’s bilevel space, including the stairwell, office, and foyer. Her nine installations (all works 2010) were titled separately but fit together to create the laboratory-playhouse-boutique-archive of commodity that we expect from her, incorporating, among other items, a bottle of Windex, plastic fans, live plants, C-clamps, balsa wood, white gift boxes, water bottles, clip lights, paint chips, plastic buckets, twigs, yarn, blue painter’s tape, a pair of jeans, flip-flops, feathers, and a power strip made of paper. As always, her poised architectures of clutter were absorbing. Yet such predictability, in art, is problematic nonetheless.

Complaining about creative repetition is critically tricky. To nurture obsession is one definition of the artist’s

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