22 July 2013

Brooklyn Rail: Re: Re-

Robert Kinmont, “8 Natural Handstands,” 1969 / 2009 (detail).  Nine black and white phtographs; courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York.  Photo: Bill Orcutt.

AICA-USA member Marcia E. Vetrocq, guest art editor of the July/August Brooklyn Rail, addresses the current artworld penchant for replicas, reconstructions, and re-enactments.  Entitled "Re: Re-," Vetrocq's essay opens with the problematic transfer of the Barnes Collection to new digs in downtown Philadelphia, and segues into this year's recreation of Harald Szeeman's 1969 exhibition "When Attitudes Become Form."  Originally installed in the Kunstalle Bern, newer self resides through November 3 in Venice's Fondazione Prada.  Her invited authors include Keith Sonnier and Lawrence Weiner, two artists who participated in Szeeman's exhibition, and critic Michael Brenson, curators Claudia Calirman and Caroline Jones, and artist Maria Elena Gonzáles.  Each contributes  an essay that enumerates the characterics of vitality and nostaglia inherent to artistic restagings.

Installation view, "When Attitudes Become Form: bern 1969 / Venice 2013.  L-R, works by Eva Hesse, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Gary B. Kuehn, Keith Sonnier, Bill Bollinger.

Foundation Prada, Venice, through November 3, 2013.  Photo: Attilio Maranzano.  Courtesy Fondazione Prada

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