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View of “Rosemarie Trockel,” 2013.

View of “Rosemarie Trockel,” 2013.

Rosemarie Trockel

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

View of “Rosemarie Trockel,” 2013.

Rosemarie Trockel’s exhibition at Gladstone Gallery appeared to encompass three distinct bodies of work: twenty-eight striped or monochrome “wool paintings”; six wall-based sculptures of meat cast in Acrystal and mounted on pieces of Perspex; and two pieces of furniture, including a long, modernist sofa made, cushions and all, from cast steel. Yet in spite of their apparent heterogeneity, these pieces were, in fact, closely interconnected: All engaged a slippery dialectic of aspiration and deprivation.

Copy Me, 2013, the steel sofa, was draped with a thin plastic sheet, which both framed the object and trapped it, as if under glass. The title of the work was not quite a pun nor a suggestion to the viewer: Trockel is well known for reproducing earlier works, and this particular piece is modeled on a 2010 sofa also titled Copy Me, which was itself based on a 1954 design by Florence

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