Deconstruction (Theory)

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James Esber by David Geers
Esber 01

While the art-world pendulum predictably swings back and forth between a taste for abstraction and an embrace of figuration, some artists remain steadfast in their pursuits. Such is the case with James Esber, whose work has long sought to merge these seemingly opposed tendencies.

Nicholas Weist by Ethan Philbrick
Shandaken Project 01

A residency program on view.

Olafur Eliasson by Chris Gilbert
Eliasson 03 Body

Conceptual art’s shift away from the traditional art object—sometimes dubiously referred to as “dematerialization”—was more or less an idée reçue in the late 1980s and early ’90s, when Olafur Eliasson was beginning to make art as a student at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen.

Dana Schutz by Stuart Horodner
Dana Schutz Body

With her absorption of high and low painting traditions as well as her zany imagination and freedom with the medium, Dana Schutz creates beautiful and thought provoking work.

Rose Nolan by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe
Rose Nolan

Rose Nolan makes two things, both of which recall Constructivism: banners bearing Cyrillic initials, underscoring their art historical provenance but replacing a collective referent with a personal one; and constructions, made out of cardboard and tape, which have a distinctly Tatlinish look. 

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