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Michael Wang, NKEADDYY, 2013, certificate, powder-coated aluminum, knit athletic shoes, 5 1/4“ × 14' 2 3/4” × 5 1/4".

Michael Wang

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Michael Wang, NKEADDYY, 2013, certificate, powder-coated aluminum, knit athletic shoes, 5 1/4“ × 14' 2 3/4” × 5 1/4".

If Rite-Aid had ever taken a chance on Donald Judd, Carl Andre, or Haim Steinbach as shelf stockers, your local drugstore might have looked something like “Rivals,” Michael Wang’s recent exhibition at Andrea Rosen Gallery’s compact annex space. Ranged around the walls were five immaculate powder-coated aluminum display units tailored to the containment of selected consumer goods—cigarettes, sneakers, painkillers, bottled water, and nail polish, respectively. Each extended row of objects consists of multiple identical examples of equivalent products manufactured by a pair of rival corporations, so Nike shoes go toe-to-toe with their Adidas alternatives, boxes of Advil clash head-to-head with Tylenol, and so on. But there’s a twist: Sales of the work not only secure the art object for the collector but also fund a minuscule purchase of stocks in the companies represented.

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