Art for Shoe's Sake

Sylvie Fleury at Salon 94 is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Beast: The Swiss artist stomps on earlier masterworks.

(Courtesy Salon 94)

This still is from a video called “Walking on Carl Andre”, made in 1998 by Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury and now being shown on the street-front screen at Salon 94 gallery on the Bowery. (Click on the image to watch the full work.) The video takes seriously Andre’s invitation to walk on his minimal floor pieces, but treats them as cheesy fashion runways rather than elite artistic conceits. Fleury entertains the possibility that there’s more in common between fashion and art, between shoes and masterworks, than most of us want to let on.

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