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Dave McKenzie, Yesterday’s Newspaper, 2007, day-old newspaper, wood, 2 1/4 × 20 1/2 × 17 1/4".

“Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual”

White Columns

Dave McKenzie, Yesterday’s Newspaper, 2007, day-old newspaper, wood, 2 1/4 × 20 1/2 × 17 1/4".

Yesterday’s Newspaper, 2007, by Dave McKenzie, is just what its title announces: a folded issue of a day-old local paper resting on a low wooden platform. The piece provides a pause, a reminder of the headlines that earned our brief attention, one step out of sync with the nonstop twenty-four-hour news cycle. But it also repeats the pitiable fate of those above-the-fold stories: discarded one day past relevance, the paper on the pedestal must continually give way to time: another day, another yesterday. McKenzie’s piece, which appeared at the forefront of the White Columns Annual, also served as compelling shorthand for the exhibition as a whole. Each year, the venerable nonprofit asks an artist, writer, curator, or collective to create a show from artworks of the previous season. The slim constraints—the works are meant to have been shown in New York in the year prior but

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