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Erwin Wurm, Telekinetischer Masturbator, 2009, acrylic, cloth, 18 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 4".

Erwin Wurm

Lehmann Maupin

Erwin Wurm, Telekinetischer Masturbator, 2009, acrylic, cloth, 18 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 4".

I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Erwin Wurm’s work, though it feels slightly odd saying so given that his recent exhibition at Lehmann Maupin was the first time I’d ever actually seen any significant amount of it in person. Of course, a good part of the artist’s wide-ranging, amiable practice lends itself very neatly to reproduction, from the transient “One-Minute Sculptures,” 1988–97, that brought his work to the attention of a wider public beginning in the late 1980s to his more recent photographic “instructions” for being idle or politically incorrect. And so despite the substantial number of nontemporary three-dimensional sculptural objects he’s produced—particularly over the last half-dozen years—I’ve always tended to regard him more as a maker of scenarios than of things, and his project as one devoted to performance and its documentation rather than

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