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Ann Greene Kelly, Untitled (bricked chair with drain), 2016, plastic chairs, Magic-Sculpt, steel mesh, fabric, Hydrocal, aluminum, colored pencil, 32 1/2 × 22 × 27".

Ann Greene Kelly

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Ann Greene Kelly, Untitled (bricked chair with drain), 2016, plastic chairs, Magic-Sculpt, steel mesh, fabric, Hydrocal, aluminum, colored pencil, 32 1/2 × 22 × 27".

Of all the words that have suffered the abuses of our new administration’s slippery rhetoric, drain might have it the worst. In October, Ronald Reagan’s “Drain the swamp” refrain entered the MAGA camp’s repertoire of chants, and in January we learned that the promise to kick bureaucracy and big money out of Washington in fact meant building a cabinet of Republican establishment goons and Goldman Sachs executives.

Drains—burdened as they are with the GOP’s semantic disassociations and destabilizations—were everywhere in “May Not Be Private,” Ann Greene Kelly’s second solo exhibition in New York, a spare presentation of five sculptures assembled from found objects, cast aluminum, and poured-concrete bases whose aesthetic might be described as prison-block domestic. The disclaimer of the show’s title came from a women’s health pamphlet that alarmed the artist during a clinic

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