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David Hartt, Mutirão III, 2013, USM Haller table, nine hand-blown glass sculptures, magazine, neon sign, 41 1/4 x 70 x 59".

David Hartt

Corbett vs. Dempsey

David Hartt, Mutirão III, 2013, USM Haller table, nine hand-blown glass sculptures, magazine, neon sign, 41 1/4 x 70 x 59".

David Hartt’s exhibition “For Everyone a Garden” took its name from a 1974 book of the same title by Moshe Safdie, architect of the iconic Habitat 67 apartment complex in Montreal. Safdie’s democratic proclamation more generally echoed the utopian modularity of late-1960s architecture (both “paper” and realized). In Hartt’s hands, Safdie’s phrase became a slogan appearing—in one of two sixty-by-eighty-inch framed illustrations by Marvel Comics draftsman Kalman Andrasofszky—as the message on protesters’ signs in a march through a generalized urban setting derived from Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1982–90 Akira manga series. The protesters, however, fill only the left half of the composition. To their right are generic urbanites—bland couples and professionals talking on cell phones—seamlessly integrated with a modular apartment block, designed by Hartt in the Safdie or

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