Thursday, August 08, 2013
New art at the Miguel Abreu Gallery.
“Conspicuous Unusable,” a show of seven artists, attests to the persistent romance with art that is barely art. Elegant in ensemble but uneven in parts, it has been organized by Johanna Bergmark, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University, and Leah Pires, the gallery’s archivist. The title comes from Martin Heidegger, one of the last century’s pre-eminent philosophers, and refers to tools or materials that have somehow become conspicuous in their uselessness; it could also be taken as a cynical definition of art.
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