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Tracks + Traces: More Art

Back in December, to celebrate the completion of another semester and all my grading, I saw some art:

Gabriel Orozco’s “Thinking in Circles” at Marian Goodman:

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Aesthetic Bounty — or, Binging on Artstuffs

John Currin, Thanksgiving, 2003. Our perverse Norman Rockwell.
John Currin, Thanksgiving, 2003. Our perverse Norman Rockwell.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank New York for always having a ready supply — an embarrassment of riches, actually — of art that I can stuff into my eyes an ears and brain. Some days when I leave Chelsea, I feel literally drunk: simultaneously buzzed and blissed out and all “ohmygod I love you guys!”-kind of grateful (which translates to, “thank you, artists, for making such beautiful and amazing things that help to make the world such a gorgeous place, so pregnant with fascinating ideas and so deliciously complicated).

November was particularly bountiful.

At the Swiss Institute we saw Descartes’ Daughter, which, as one might expect with such a Cartesian title, explored representations of the self as both intellectual and physical. I particularly enjoyed (as I always do) Hanne Darboven’s work, which combined mathematics and script (coded representations of identity) with photos of taxidermy and trophies (talismanic representations of identity and memory), as well as Jason Loebs’s  Anthropomemoria, which juxtaposed MacBook batteries and the fingerprint (rendered in anti-counterfeiting ink) as representations of identity (so many layers of self-definition here — I love it!).