Munich

Diamond Stingily, In the Middle but in the Corner of 176th Place (detail), 2019, trophies; four metal shelves, each 7' 2 5⁄8“ × 14' 9 1⁄8” × 2' 1 5⁄8".

Diamond Stingily, In the Middle but in the Corner of 176th Place (detail), 2019, trophies; four metal shelves, each 7' 2 5⁄8“ × 14' 9 1⁄8” × 2' 1 5⁄8".

Diamond Stingily

Kunstverein München

For Diamond Stingily’s first solo institutional exhibition in Europe—and the association’s first show under the direction of Maurin Dietrich—Kunstverein München offered visitors a mini survey of the Brooklyn-based artist’s recent works, providing a valuable introduction to Stingily’s incisive explorations of identity and social class in contemporary America. The exhibition opened, appropriately enough, with five sequentially numbered works titled Entryways (all works cited, 2019). Five battered wooden doors stood in a solemn row, held upright a few feet from the wall with metal poles. A used baseball bat leaned against each door. Although most were missing their knobs and locks, one featured a sturdy-looking length of lumber, a makeshift security device held in place with metal brackets. Stingily has explained that when she was a child her grandmother always kept a bat by the front door.

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