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Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, untitled (detail), 2014, paper, 8 1/4 × 11 3/4".

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, untitled (detail), 2014, paper, 8 1/4 × 11 3/4".

There wasn’t much to see in this exhibition: just four works spread throughout the gallery’s three rooms. The first was Monika (all works 2014), a large, rough-hewn stone, set on a mantelpiece; the second, Ulrike, the silhouette of the interior space of an arch, cut from a sheet of rubber; and the third, down the corridor past the offices, a color woodblock print with pastel-colored wood grain, titled Lena. The names represent three generations of women: Monika, the wife of the legendary Düsseldorf gallerist Alfred Schmela; the couple’s daughter Ulrike; and their granddaughter Lena Brüning (who closed her own gallery in Berlin in 2013).

The fourth, Untitled, was a sheaf of papers lying on the windowsill in the first gallery, and this turned out to be the displaced center of the exhibition. It carried paraphrases, in English, of selections from Galerie Schmela’s correspondence in

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