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Neke Carson, Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1972, acrylic on canvas, 21 1⁄4 × 19 1⁄4".

Neke Carson

Mitchell Algus Gallery

A conceptual artist walks into a gallery. He says, “Take my art—please!” When the dealer doesn’t, the artist snaps a picture of him and goes on his merry way. So what’s the punch line of Neke Carson’s Time Wasting Event, for which he documented the four years and ten minutes he spent between 1971 and 1975 fruitlessly showing assorted people his work? On the day he was finally offered a show, at the René Block Gallery, he declared the piece finished, since he would no longer be wasting his time. But seriously, folks, since the late 1960s Carson has created unconventional and ebullient performances, interventions, drawings, paintings, wild comics, and designs for even wilder inventions. The Mitchell Algus Gallery’s impeccable survey of Carson’s works from 1949 to 2018, “Glam Conceptualism, Interventional Performance, et aliis rerum,” netted the slippery spirit of this artist who has never

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