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Rosemarie Trockel, Study for R. W., 2012, digital print, acrylic, pencil, 28 3/4 x 28".

“In the Spirit of Walser: Rosemarie Trockel”

Donald Young Gallery

Rosemarie Trockel, Study for R. W., 2012, digital print, acrylic, pencil, 28 3/4 x 28".

At the time of his death this past April, the UK-born dealer and influential Chicago gallerist Donald Young left us with perhaps the most inspired and absorbing exhibition of his roughly fifty years working in the arts: a string of six projects—by Peter Fischli and David Weiss (who died shortly after this review was first written), Moyra Davey, Thomas Schütte, Rosemarie Trockel, Tacita Dean and Mark Wallinger, and Rodney Graham and Josiah McElheny—created in response to the oeuvre and character of the enigmatic Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878–1956). For each mini show, seven framed photo portraits of the writer and a display case hosting a collection of his first-edition microscripts were juxtaposed with new works by the chosen artist or artist pair. “I became more and more interested in the connection between [Walser’s] writings and certain contemporary artists,” Young

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