Ari Benjamin Meyers Esther Schipper Every Saturday over the course of Ari Benjamin Meyers’s “Black Thoughts,” the exhibition fulfilled the promise of a spectacular viewer experience, which has become known as a characteristic of a certain vein of 1990s art––and typical for several artists in Esther Schipper’s program: Different combinations of five commissioned musicians would appear to interpret a rather minimal musical composition by turns restrained but insistent or full-on and dynamic. Any other day of the week, though, the gallery was vacant of the performers and their sound; the exhibition would have been similar in appearance to various clean, total, reduced exhibitions by other gallery artists––for instance, Karin Sander’s “h = 400 cm” from 2012 or Ceal Floyer’s untitled exhibition from 2011––thus suggesting that the one aesthetic might be a natural foil for the other.
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