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Alighiero Boetti at MoMA: From Sarcasm to Sap

by Corinna Kirsch on August 10, 2012
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Game Plan, MoMA’s retrospective of Alighiero Boetti, splices the Italian artist in two: there was the rabidly sarcastic pop-conceptual artist of the 1960s and the introspective dreamer of the 1970s onward who made big, furry wall hangings. Both of these Boettis produced a lot of art: Game Plan consists of hundreds of works produced from the 1960s through the 1990s and takes up room on two floors of MoMA and part of the sculpture garden.

Boetti started off his career on strong, if imperfect, footing, and like Piero Manzoni before him—the Italian artist who, in 1961, canned his own shit—he had flashes of sarcasm aimed at Anglophone pop and conceptual art. Later in Boetti’s life, the dreamer took over. The works became overly cryptic, based on personal systems and mythology, and they lost some of the playfulness associated with his earlier work.

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Bill Bollinger’s Wimpy Minimalism at the SculptureCenter

by Corinna Kirsch on June 12, 2012
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Bill Bollinger disappeared from the art scene in the mid-1970s and passed away in relative obscurity a decade later. A career retrospective at the Sculpture Center, up through the end of the summer, makes a convincing case for his reappraisal.

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The Show That Has Everything: The Language of Less at the Chicago MCA

by Reid Singer on January 16, 2012
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At The Language of Less (Then and Now), visitors get a well-balanced primer on Minimalism and Post-Minimalism with no glaring omissions or gaps. Like any greatest hits album, it aims to please, and it usually does. But it will never succeed in satisfying a true fan.

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