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I've never really warmed up to Richter, though I agree that many of the abstractions are "beautiful". They have a hollowness; a lack of engagement and belief, which typifies the transition between Modern and Postmodern (or some such thing). Like Johns & Rauschenberg, they're about letting the air out of Abstract Expressionism, but in a much cooler, detached manner, without the humor of the Americans. With Ab Ex, a bad painting might be an interesting sort of failure, with Richter, it's more like, "here's a good one, here's a less good one, let's move along". The photo-based works strike me similarly, but the imagery allows for more associative readings. Taken together, his various works make up a larger project, which serves to further deflate the value of any given piece seen in isolation. Again, this "whole greater than the sum of its parts" strategy is characteristically PoMo.
Below is the Artforum ad layout for my upcoming show with Gregor Passens in Munich. The dates have been changed: they're now May 3 - June 14, 2002.
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Ramones vs. Talking Heads
Punk hits the Hall.
Further Proof That I'm Totally Out of It
A NY Post rundown of galleries beyond Chelsea and Soho includes this:
Further north, in Greenpoint, you'll find the Dabora Gallery (1080 Manhattan Ave. between Eagle and Dupont streets;  609-9629). The gallery scores major Goth points with its Victorian-parlor aesthetic - low lighting, dark wood and red velvet to spare. Dabora is currently showing Christina Dallas' "Examination Rooms," an installation of childhood spaces featuring photographs, illustrations and dolls. Bring the kids, because the show's closing reception on March 24 will feature the additional talents of Marco, a magician and sleight-of-hand artist. Bring your MetroCard, too. Dabora is something of an oasis on its gritty stretch of Manhattan Avenue and, unless you live in the neighborhood, the most interesting local attraction might be the nearest subway stop.
The place is exactly one block from where I live, but I was completely unaware of it. (Well, it is on the other side of the street.) Good description of the neighborhood though…