• View of “Katja Novitskova,” 2012–13. Foreground: Approximation I, 2012. Background: Win Win, 2012.

    Katja Novitskova

    Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

    The two most eye-catching objects in Katja Novitskova’s recent show were images of animals mounted on aluminum cutouts: a stately pair of emperor penguins standing across from each other (Approximation I; all works 2012) and the head of a young giraffe nuzzling its mother (Approximation II). Although the former is adapted from an entry to a National Geographic photo competition, this backstory is hardly relevant: Both images have long since dispersed and multiplied online on sites such as Tumblr and Pinterest. Removed from their original context, they boast an attractiveness—as images,

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