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REVIEW: Krzysztof Wodiczko | Galerie Lelong | ArtReview

Krzysztof Wodiczko, …OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project, 2009-11;
Installation View, Galerie Lelong, New York, 2011

Painting has long given up the ghost on the Renaissance metaphor of acting as a window onto some other world; it now has to battle it out as just one more screen among many.  Yet it is surprising how few of those screens have taken up this metaphor for themselves.  Of course Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) made the case for cinema as voyeurism, and along less mainstream lines, both Michael Snow’s Wavelength (1967) and Richard Serra’s Frame (1969) probed the limits of fenestrated filmic perception and cognition.  To my knowledge, however, no practitioner of the camera arts has equated the screen with the window, has literalized this metaphoric relationship, quite as effectively as Krzysztof Wodiczko…

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