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Ciprian Mureşan, Leap into the Void, After 3 Seconds, 2004, gelatin silver print, 39 3/8 x 25 3/8. From “Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art.”

“Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Ciprian Mureşan, Leap into the Void, After 3 Seconds, 2004, gelatin silver print, 39 3/8 x 25 3/8. From “Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art.”

A photograph reveals a man sprawled facedown in the street, alone except for a distant cyclist and the presence of the camera. A send-up of Yves Klein’s infamous 1960 photomontage, this work, Romanian artist Ciprian Mures¸an’s Leap into the Void, After 3 Seconds, 2004, restages Klein’s iconic gesture of artistic freedom. On view here, it served to highlight one of the primary themes of “Six Lines of Flight”: the relationships between as many emergent art scenes and more established centers. Mures¸an’s image is exemplary of the witty, intrepid, performative practices of the artists selected for this show, a group that represented a spectrum of geographical points, including Beirut, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Tangier, Morocco; and San Francisco. In the pieces gathered here, the freedom and exhilaration of working on the periphery of

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