The Daily Pic

06.19.12

Retrospection, Refreshed

The Daily Pic: Aaron Curry looks back at vintage art, and makes something of it

In a room-filling installation called “Buzz Kill,” at Michael Werner Gallery on New York’s Upper East Side, Aaron Curry has cross-bred the vintage styles of Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi. I’m not usually a fan of all the Mad Men retrospecting that’s going on in our culture these days, but in Curry’s hands it has a mild lunacy that I respect. Somehow, it feels as though he does to the art of the past what Jeff Koons does to toys and pornography – that is, misunderstand the principles behind what’s been borrowed, and so make it new.

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