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View of “Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art,” 2015–16. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.

Seth Siegelaub

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

View of “Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art,” 2015–16. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.

With more than a thousand objects, the colossal undertaking “Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art” fulfilled its title’s promise in an exhibition that traced not only Siegelaub’s early promotion and curatorial forays into one of the most prominent postwar art movements but also his later identities as publisher and textile researcher. A small forest of colorful, textile-based headdresses mounted on poles, followed by a reading table with radical classics, announced the eclectic purview, which continued with a vast array of display cases filled with fabric samples and associated rare books, more cases with exhibition catalogues and documents, facsimile pages pinned to low dividing walls, and even a few paintings by the likes of Lawrence Weiner and Robert Barry. The multifaceted overload at the Stedelijk evoked many recent projects by artists operating in the guise of archivist,

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