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Adam Putnam, Untitled (The Drop IV), 2014, C-print, 40 × 30". From the series “The Drop,” 2014.

Adam Putnam

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Adam Putnam, Untitled (The Drop IV), 2014, C-print, 40 × 30". From the series “The Drop,” 2014.

Exhibitions by Adam Putnam test the boundaries between architecture and bodies—specifically his own. The New York–based and –born artist explores this theme in a number of ways, most notably through a particularly uneasy brand of performance: Once every week during his last New York show, in 2009, he hung, for five minutes, from an approximately eighteen-foot-long chain. This show, the artist’s first at this gallery, emphasized his sculptures, photographs, and works on paper, presenting exquisitely rendered drawings of Romanesque arches and steeples in charcoal and pigment; sculptures composed of pieces of wood knotted together with rope or bungee cords into makeshift architecture; and large black-and-white photographs, many of which focus on the kinds of private acts that occur within a specific kind of room—the studio. (He also delivered a performance, which involved

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