July 17, 2008

Retro fashion: John Armleder, Olivier Mosset, Haim Steinbach

In Time Out Nuit Banai reports that this "gang of old-timers" at Nicole Klagsbrun are back in fashion. "While not veering far from their respectively well-trodden paths, all three artists appear more relevant than ever. Armleder, known for his performances of the 1960s and ’70s and hard-edged abstraction of the ’80s, shines in the glitter-suffused drip painting 'Baptisia leucantha.' His embrace of pop culture, echoed in 'Flush,' a double-toned, floor-to-ceiling silver wallpaper, never compromises his commitment to aesthetic investigation. Similarly, Mosset, a member of the Paris BMPT (Buren, Mosset, Parmentier and Toroni) group of the ’60s, continues to question the value of originality with 'Untitled,' six deep-green monochromes sensually painted in acrylic and Rhino coating (a material used as a sealant on houses). For his part, Steinbach, a staple of the early ’80s New York scene, consistently exposes the intersection between commodification, desire and aesthetics in 'the critic…2,' an arrangement of ordinary objects (glitter party hat, polyester witch hat and rubber dog chew) on a display shelf.These warhorses haven’t just aged gracefully: They appear not to have aged at all. Without appearing either cynical or moralistic, Armleder, Mosset and Steinbach comment on the marriage of youth and mass culture while noting just how intensified that combination has become since this triumvirate first emerged." Read more.

"John Armleder, Olivier Mosset, and Haim Steinbach," Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY. Through August 15.

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