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Ellen Harvey, The Nudist Museum Gift Shop (detail), 2012, oil on wood panel, dimensions variable.

Ellen Harvey

Dodge Gallery

Ellen Harvey, The Nudist Museum Gift Shop (detail), 2012, oil on wood panel, dimensions variable.

Ellen Harvey’s “The Nudist Museum Gift Shop” included installations evoking both a museum and a gift shop, as well as works situated in a bathroom and a stairwell. This is all to the point: Harvey’s practice engages not just with art history, but with the spaces in which we experience art. For New York Beautification Project, 1999–2001, she painted small, classical landscapes on buildings and Dumpsters, allowing for unexpected encounters at public sites already claimed by graffiti. Arcadia, 2011, created for the inaugural show at Turner Contemporary, in Margate, UK, furnished a scale model of J. M. W. Turner’s private gallery with the landscape etchings that were found there after the artist’s death in 1851 (in Harvey’s version, these were etched onto mirrors and backlit). With these works, as in the photographs of Thomas Struth (and Johan Zoffany’s The Tribuna of the Uffizi,

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