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David Salle

Lever House Art Collection

Lever House, the Miesian, midcentury skyscraper designed by Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has become, in recent years, a deluxe site for the exhibition of contemporary art. The installations there are visible through—though often harried by—the building’s broad glass curtain walls that front onto Park Avenue.

In order to ameliorate the distractions of the sudden shafts of light glancing off the neighboring office buildings and the roaring traffic’s boom, architect Christian Hubert, working with curator Richard Marshall, hung gauzy scrims battened by rectangles of wood upon which David Salle’s large paintings were mounted. The six horizontal works, presented under the title “Tapestries / Battles / Allegories,” were given intriguing names, though the paintings as exhibited carry no identifying labels. Thus, the visitor was hard-pressed to determine which

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