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Silvia Bächli, Untitled (Nr. 6), 2015, gouache on paper, 40 1/8 × 57 1/8".

Silvia Bächli

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Silvia Bächli, Untitled (Nr. 6), 2015, gouache on paper, 40 1/8 × 57 1/8".

Silvia Bächli has invoked the words of the late Danish poet Inger Christensen several times throughout the past decade, taking inspiration and installation titles from the renowned writer, and even dedicating her presentation for the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009 to her. This exhibition, Bächli’s first in New York in four years, continued the Swiss-born artist’s deliberate, durable engagement with the poet: Its title, “further. evolves,” comes from Christensen’s 1969 masterwork it. Because most of Bächli’s works—like all those that were shown here—are untitled, language seems endowed with special importance. Like line and color, it is something that must be used sparingly and precisely.

In Christensen, Bächli has found a compelling interlocutor, one who was equally rigorous in her attention to form. Both insist upon a set of rules as a way to encourage

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