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  • Jason Rhoades, My Brother/Brancuzi, 1995, carpet, wood, steel, small gasoline engines, tools, plastic, doughnut machine, mixed media. Installation view, 2017–18. Photo: Laura Wilson. © The Estate of Jason Rhoades.

    Jason Rhoades

    The Brant Foundation Art Study Center

    HOW WOULD JASON RHOADES’S desire to offend go down now, in this era of call-outs and open letters? Many of the late artist’s raucous installations are like elaborate exercises in trolling: They appear orchestrated to provoke, conjuring the specter of an overactive macho id, preoccupied by cars, power tools, guns, pornography, dick jokes, cum jokes, pussy jokes, religious jokes, junk food, and celebrity.

    The Brant Foundation—which has mounted a focused presentation of Rhoades’s work, including three major installations—has an obvious fondness for those who have at one time or another taken up the

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