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View of “Julio Grinblatt,” 2013.

Julio Grinblatt

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View of “Julio Grinblatt,” 2013.

In Fluxus event scores, the interpretive freedom invited by a brief and sometimes enigmatic textual composition encourages unexpected outcomes in the work’s performance. For example, how does one execute George Brecht’s Word Event • Exit, 1961, which consists simply of those few units of language printed on a small white card? Julio Grinblatt, an Argentinean artist based in the US, is clearly inspired by both the economy and the indeterminacy of Fluxus instructional works. In his ongoing photographic series “Cielito Lindo,” 2005–, he invited professional color labs to participate in the creation of the work, exploring the contingency of concepts such as beauty and truth as they relate to the seemingly concrete indexing operation of photographic reproduction.

The premise for “Cielito Lindo” is described on a plain 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of paper that hung on one of the gallery’s walls:

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