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  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, At the Studio #1, 2018, oil on canvas, 82 × 108".

    Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, At the Studio #1, 2018, oil on canvas, 82 × 108".

    Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

    Dallas Contemporary

    The title of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s current exhibition, “Paintings About Paintings,” seems to second poet Rod Mengham’s assertion that their canvases “exist within quotation marks . . . acts of ventriloquism, speaking as, or for, others, rather than finding and keeping a voice of their own.” But as writers of fiction know, there’s always a voice within the voice—one hears through characters and narrators, however distantly, the author.

    Painting as citation, not of particular paintings but of various ideas of painting, is evident everywhere here, but most explicitly in a pair of gargantuan

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