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Leandro Erlich, Stuck Elevator, 2011, mixed media, 109 1/2 x 68 1/4 x 66 1/2".

Leandro Erlich

Sean Kelly Gallery

Leandro Erlich, Stuck Elevator, 2011, mixed media, 109 1/2 x 68 1/4 x 66 1/2".

A friend groused to me after completing the new season’s rounds that Leandro Erlich’s most recent show was simply another in what has been a career-long series of technically adroit one-liners. I suppose that’s fair enough. But it’s also true that they have frequently been charming, memorable one-liners, with surprisingly lingering effects. Rain, 1999, for example, Erlich’s contribution to the 2000 Whitney Biennial, was in practical terms an elementary bit of stage-set F/X (a “thunderstorm” glimpsed through the windows of a domestic space) relocated to a museum setting, but it had a distinctive appeal, one grounded in the artist’s mastery of a certain mode of finely engineered spationarrative spectacle. The same held true for his Swimming Pool, the crowd-pleasing installation that held court at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) for nearly a year and a half between 2008

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